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Vitamin A and Your Thyroid: Benefits of Taking a Supplement

By    |   Monday, 14 March 2016 07:53 PM

For some patients with thyroid disorder, taking a vitamin A supplement may improve the condition and benefit overall health.

Vitamin A is a vital nutrient for not only thyroid function, but also general health. Deficiency in vitamin A, which is critical for eye health and sight, is more common in under-developed countries in areas such as Southeast Asia and Africa, but it also registers in developed countries, according Vitamins All. Symptoms of vitamin A deficiency include reduced vision at night or in dim lighting, dry eyes, inflammation of the eyelids and cornea, stunted growth for affected children, and dry skin.

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Vitamin A is an active byproduct of beta-carotene conversion in the body. The thyroid gland is instrumental in this conversion. People who have hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid often have vitamin A deficiency even if sufficient levels of beta-carotene exist, says Natural Endocrine Solutions.

The cause and effect relationship between the thyroid gland and vitamin A goes both ways. Just as poor thyroid function can cause vitamin A deficiency, low levels of vitamin A can result in an underactive thyroid that cannot produce enough thyroid hormones, says Online Holistic Health.

Natural Endocrine Solutions says foods like cod, salmon, and halibut are excellent sources of vitamin A. Beta-carotene can be found in carrots, spinach, cantaloupe, and sweet potatoes. People with a moderate to severe deficiency should add these foods to their diet, but doing so will probably not be enough to correct the deficiency. In these cases, vitamin A supplements are necessary. Natural Endocrine Solutions goes on to say the recommended daily intake for vitamin A is a little too low at 5,000 IU. They recommend supplementing vitamin A through the use of whole food supplements that combine the nutrient with other synergists for maximum efficacy rather than choosing synthetic supplements.

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