VITAMIN A: NATURAL HELP FOR YOU

Skin Disorders

Clinical tests suggest that while beta-carotene supplements can alleviate many skin disorders, such as acne and psoriasis, vitamin A derivative drugs may do a much better job. The tests seem to indicate that Accutane is effective against cystic acne, while Tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin A) works well as a treatment for acne vulgaris, which is the most common form of acne. There have been some good results using Tigason (etretinate) in the treatment of psoriasis. Tests have shown that etretinate may be as much as 80 percent effective when taken for 3 to 4 months. Researchers say that is a much higher rate of effectiveness than is found with any other drug currently being used to treat psoriasis.

It is important to note that women of childbearing age who are not using birth control pills, and pregnant women should not take Accutane or etretinate because they have been linked to certain birth defects. And everyone—both women and men—should consult with a physician before using these vitamin A derivative drugs.

Another vitamin A derivative, Retin A, which was initially developed as a treatment for acne, is now proving to be a fairly effective treatment for sun- damaged skin. According to recent studies, the overall improvement provided by Retin A to skin which has been damaged by exposure to the sun is, in most cases, modest.

Natural Way To Improve Your Eyesight. And Night Driving, Too

You can prevent night blindness by eating an adequate amount of vegetables high in vitamin A—especially in carotene form. Yellow vegetables such as carrots are high in vitamin A, which is required for the maintenance of good vision. An early sign of a deficiency in vitamin A levels is the loss of vision in near darkness or night blindness. By regularly eating vegetables that are rich in vitamin A, you can prevent night blindness, and you may actually improve your night vision.

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