FOOD SUPPLEMENTS: THEIR EFFECTS ON THE BODY
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A RDA 3000 IU per day for men, 2300 for women
Main antioxidant in the mucous membranes and is a chelator. "Vitamin A and beta carotene caused remission of precancerous areas called oral leukoplakias and prevented new lesions from forming." (Vitamin A therapy and Oral Cancer: Sci. News 6-11-88) Required for many body functions. Enhances immunity to infections including some forms of cancer and is anti-aging. Zinc, B Complex, E, calcium, and phosphorus required for assimilation. Alcoholics have a shortage of this vitamin. Source is fish liver oil. Others may be toxic. Dosage over 10000 IU per day caused birth defects. (27) See note 3.
"Excess Vitamin A intake increases the risk of bone fractures. For optimal bone mineral density vitamin A (retinol) intake should not exceed 2000 to 2800 IU per day. Provitamin A carotenes have no significant effect on bone fracture. Both low and high intakes of vitamin A may compromise bone health." Hypervitaminosis A and Fractures, Paul Lips, M.D., Ph.D. (New England Journal of Medicine: 01-23-03)
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You are advised to consult a knowledgeable physician before using any of the nutrients listed herein. See note 10 for information on obtaining a list of this rare breed of medical doctors.