Why is Vitamin A Named Retinol?

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Vitamin A Sources:


Ever wonder why vitamin A is named retinol? Could it have something to do with the retina? Find out. 

0:00 Why is vitamin A named retinol?
0:20 What is the retina?
1:10 Vitamin A functions 
1:32 Sources of vitamin A

Today I want to explain why vitamin A is named retinol. Vitamin A has everything to do with supporting the retina. The retina is an extension of the central nervous system that is sticking out of your skull deep in your eye. It has certain receptors that are sensitive to light, allowing you to see. 

Vitamin A helps form photosensitive pigment in the retina called visual purple or rhodopsin. This pigment converts light into electrical signals. One of the first symptoms of a vitamin A deficiency is the loss of night vision. Vitamin A (retinol) helps you see in the dark. 

Vitamin A is also needed to help:
• Decrease the risk of infection 
• Support healthy mucous membranes 
• Prevent dry eyes 
• Decrease the symptoms and complications of measles

You can’t get your required vitamin A from vegetables. Vegetables provide the precursor to vitamin A, which has to be converted. But, it’s only converted in a very small amount. The best source of the active form of vitamin A (retinol) is cod liver oil. Cod liver oil also has vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). You may want to avoid taking the synthetic version of vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), which can have complications. 

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