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Essential for healthy SKIN AND EYES, especially for vision in dim light, vitamin A also helps to keep the LININGS of certain parts of the body, such as the nose, in good condition. Plus it’s vital for keeping our IMMUNE SYSTEM strong to protect us from infection. Our bodies make vitamin A from the antioxidant beta-carotene, naturally present in food.


What happens if I don’t get enough?

A full-blown vitamin A deficiency is rare in developed countries, usually only seen in people with chronic liver disease or other health conditions that involve a problem absorbing nutrients from food. In severe cases, it causes night blindness, poor growth and an increased susceptibility to infection.

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