Nutrigenomics: Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is an essential micronutrient required to maintain eye, bone, and skin health. Vitamin A also plays an important role in wound healing, immune system health, and red blood cell development.

Insufficient vitamin A consumption can result in poor vision, rough skin, and acne. Overconsumption can be equally detrimental by causing nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and decreased adaptation to training.

Did you know that your genes are directly related to immune function? A properly functioning vitamin A metabolism is essential for living a healthy and active lifestyle!

The BCMO1 gene helps regulate vitamin A metabolism during the conversion of ß-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits, like carrots) to vitamin A. Variants of this gene are associated with a diminished ability to convert dietary sources of ß-carotene into vitamin A, resulting in an increased requirement of dietary vitamin A.

Use Athletigen’s Nutrition Report to better understand how your body metabolizes vitamin A!

 

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