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Vitamin A

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What other names is Vitamin A known by?

3-Dehydroretinol, 3-Déhydrorétinol, Acétate de Rétinol, Antixerophthalmic Vitamin, Axerophtholum, Dehydroretinol, Déhydrorétinol, Fat-Soluble Vitamin, Oleovitamin A, Palmitate de Rétinol, Retinoids, Rétinoïdes, Retinol, Rétinol, Retinol Acetate, Retinol Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Rétinyl Acétate, Retinyl Palmitate, Rétinyl Palmitate, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin A1, Vitamin A2, Vitamina A, Vitamine A, Vitamine A1, Vitamine A2, Vitamine Liposoluble, Vitaminum A.

What is Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is a vitamin. It can be found in many fruits, vegetables, eggs, whole milk, butter, fortified margarine, meat, and oily saltwater fish. It can also be made in a laboratory.

Effective for...

  • Treatment and prevention of vitamin A deficiency.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Reducing complications of diseases such as malaria, HIV, measles, and diarrhea in children with vitamin A deficiency.
  • Reducing problems during pregnancy and after giving birth in underfed (malnourished) women.
  • Breast cancer.
  • Prevention of cataracts.
  • Improving recovery from laser eye surgery when used in combination with vitamin E.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Reducing fetal and early infant death in children born to women with nutrition problems.
  • Anemia.
  • Decreasing the risk of HIV transmission during pregnancy, delivery, and breast-feeding.
  • Reducing side effects of chemotherapy in children.

Likely Ineffective for...

  • Reducing the risk of tumors in the head and neck.
  • Treating pneumonia in children living in poor countries.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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