From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

“The reason one vitamin can cure so many illnesses is because a deficiency of one vitamin can cause many illnesses.”  Andrew Saul

Vitamin A is the first letter in all one-a-day vitamin supplements.  What is Vitamin A and what role does in play in our health?  This question reminds me of my college days when we were told to memorize how vitamins are absorbed by the body.  Vitamin A is a fat-soluble organic compound that is vital for cell growth and development starting in the womb, and is essential to maintain healthy vision, immune system, and prevent early aging.  Vitamin A is found in cod liver oil, eggs, yellow and dark green vegetables, and fruits.  By following a diverse and healthful diet, one is supplied with the daily requirement of Vitamin A.  Also, Vitamin A is widely used in the cosmetic industry with compounds that include retinol, retinal, and retinoic acids.  The same principle that Vitamin A aids the maintenance of proper cell health and regeneration also provides healthier and younger skin.  Regarding skin care products based on Vitamin A which promise slowly aging or forever young, I am not sure, but I confess that every time I stop to buy a moisturize cream, I check the ingredients for retinol and retinoic acid.  For our daily diet, let’s plan to incorporate more green and yellow foods to help maintain a well-functioning body.  For many people, it can be challenging to acquire all nutrients from food alone.  Thus, a daily supplement of Vitamin A might be appropriate.