Vitamin A Plays a Big Part to Your Eye Sight

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Nutrition

Can't see properly? Especially at nights! What are you going to do? See an eye specialist and follow a long prescription of medicines and tonics. Doctors are readymade solution givers of your problems. But, have you ever thought of precautions and preventions? Aren't they better than cure?

A little care from childhood wouldn't have allowed such a problem to prop. But, for that you must know what should be the exact nutrient of your diet to keep your eyes healthy. Vitamins play an essential role to keep your eyes fit and healthy. And here plays the role of Vitamin A which is a must for good eyesight.

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that helps you to promote your eye sight and enables you to see in the dark. If you do not want to be a Vitamin A deficient, you have to intake a proper amount of this vitamin on a regular basis in your daily diet. Since vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, it remains stored in your body and cannot be passed through urine or sweat. So a very little amount of Vitamin A should be taken. Even an excess can be a boomerang.

In case of Vitamin A deficient, you are bound to develop problems like night blindness and xerophthalmia. Night blindness as the name itself straight way states that you are can't see at night or in the dark. Is it that simple or that critical?  Actually the problem is related to your vision at night time. Things that you see distinctly in the day hour may give you a feel of blurriness when the sun sets. Sounds weird! But that's roughly what night blindness is.

Xerophthalmia, another prominent disease caused due to deficiency of Vitamin A is also a type of blindness. How does it grow? Yes it grows and does not happen to you. With aging as your bones get weak, you develop are readily disease prone, you grow poor eyesight as well. This is blindness and you seem to lose your distinct vision. A proper intake of Vitamin A from childhood can give a constant support to combat with this problem even when you are in your sixties.

Deficit of Vitamin A is believed to be one of the causes of childhood blindness. If your child is aged between six months and six years, he or she is highly at the risk of developing blindness. A pregnant or a lactating woman can develop this disease very easily. So during your pregnancy you have increase the level of vitamin A in your diet to prevent your baby's health that is yet to see the light on earth.

What does Vitamin A do to your eyes? It maintains the proper activities of the photosensitive tissues of your eyes. If you have ever undergone an intestinal surgery, you are at a high risk of becoming vitamin A deficient.

You will find rich amounts of vitamin A in various vegetables and different fruits. Sweet potato, carrot, butternut squash etc. are Vitamin A rich food. Among the non-vegetarian stuffs beef, chicken, cod liver oil, liver etc are very nutritious. Mangoes, red pepper are also important to combat the Vitamin A deficit. They are more effective when they are raw. After being cooked they lose some of their food values. Vitamin A and beta carotene levels of these foods are to some extent destroyed in high temperature. So you have to choose the fresh fruits and frozen food items rather than the canned ones.

Hey change your food habit now or get ready to suffer forever. Maintain a health chart and a balanced diet. Just keep a track on the simple items that carry the necessary Vitamin A required for your good health. Don't go for excess, neither put it down. In both cases it's you who's the ultimate victim.