The body needs vitamin A for:
- healthy eyesight
- healthy skin
- healthy immune system
- normal growth and development
- antioxidant properties, helping protect the body from cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD)
- healthy development of a foetus in the womb
There are two types of vitamin A – retinol and beta-carotene.
Retinol is the name for sources of vitamin A which come from animals, while beta-carotene is the name for sources of vitamin A from plant origin.
- whole milk
- butter and fortified margarine
Beta-carotene sources include:
- fruits that are orange in colour – for example, oranges and peaches
- green leafy vegetables – for example, Brussels sprouts