Vitamin A Deficiency is extremely rare today in developed countries, but in undeveloped countries 250,000 to 500,000 children experience this deficiency. When your brain does not receive adequate amounts of this vitamin your first symptoms will be night blindness, for the longest time I had such a difficulty driving at night. The light from oncoming car lights just blinded me, I would lose my bearings on the highway. There are more people than you might think with this deficiency, its just that their levels are just low enough to cause them problems with driving at night. Still their levels are not low enough they require supplements, at least that is how it shows up when you have blood work done. In my case, my system does not absorb enough of the vitamins and minerals from my food for me to have adequate amounts without me supplementing. These children in undeveloped countries with this deficiency become totally blind eventually, plus the majority of them end up losing their lives. I could not find any research explaining why these children end up losing their lives, but for some reason these poor children do lose their lives.
Besides the symptoms of night blindness and possibly permanent blindness if left untreated, other symptoms are impaired immune function, birth defects and cancers. The main causes in this deficiency are few animal sources of pre-formed vitamin A, addition to dietary other causes are iron deficiency, excess alcohol consumption and stressed liver. This has been such a minor problem in developed countries, it is often over-looked by physicians. This has become more common with so many people struggling to provide enough of the foods we require, also many of the digestive system diseases and disorders restricts the absorption of your vitamins and minerals causing more people today having deficiencies.
I was lucky, my treatment is only I have to consume supplements for my levels to maintain adequate. The average dosage is 200,000 IU two to four times per year, but in more severe cases the treatment should be fortification of your food. Fortification of your food is very expensive, the most common foods fortified are wheat, sugar and milk. I for one am allergic to all those foods, lucky for me I caught mine early and supplements are doing the job for me. Alcohol in high levels regularly does not allow the person to adsorb this vitamin, also a person with this type of lifestyle of drinking should not start taking vitamin A without consulting a physician first.
Everything we put into our body affects our brain, the chemicals we are exposed to changes our brain chemistry if exposed regularly for long periods of time. Exercise effects our brain chemistry, of course this is in a positive way. I chose to share this topic with you because even though its rare, it never hurts to be aware of the possibility of such things. Supplements are becoming a must for everyone, more and more people are experiencing more health issues than ever before. It is crazy for us to becoming so unhealthy with all our technology today, but the food companies supposedly adding all these extra vitamins and minerals in our foods does not seem to be making a positive difference in our health. I prefer to go with natural supplements, natural supplements have herbs which will not change our brain chemistry in a negative way. There are less side effects with these, also the side effects are very minor compared to the unnatural products on the market today.
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