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Vitamin A Might Save over 1 Million Lives a Year

Vitamin A supplementation for children under 5 could save over 1 million lives a year according a large review conducted recently by the Cochrane Collaboration.

The researchers reviewed data from over 40 studies including 200,000 children between 5 and 6 years of age.

The data from these studies showed that vitamin A supplementation reduced all cause mortality by 24%.

Some of the most common health problems associated with vitamin A deficiency include an increased risk of measles, diarrhea and respiratory disease. Vitamin A deficiency can also cause vision problems.

Based on the evidence gathered in their review, the researchers encourage more widespread vitamin A supplementation programs for pregnant women and young children in low and middle income countries.

Although supplementation can provide a short term solution for deficiency the only true solution to the problem is finding ways to help low and middle income countries improve nutrition.

This review follows a study conducted earlier this year showing that vitamin A is essential for the energy production processes in our cells. Vitamin A is also essential for avoiding numerous chronic diseases as well as for both skin and eye health.

Although vitamin A can be found in supplement form, you can get plenty of it through diet alone. Some of the top sources of vitamin A include:

• Beef liver

• Egg yolk

• Cheddar cheese

• Fortified milk

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