Keratosis Pilaris & Vitamin A Deficiency – Is It Making Your KP Worse?

Keratosis Pilaris & Vitamin A Deficiency – Is It Making Your KP Worse?

January 6, 2020 0 By Ewald Bahringer


Vitamin A is probably the most well known
nutrient involved in promoting healthier skin. I’m sure you’ve heard of many anti-aging creams
that contain either vitamin A or retinol. Both natural and synthetic occurrences of
vitamin A are known as retinoids. Retinoids are important for reproduction,
vision, growth, inflammation, and many other functions in the body. Retinol is found mostly in animal based foods,
especially in liver. Beta-carotene is found in plant foods like
carrots, which our bodies have to convert to vitamin A . This means you have to consume
a lot more beta-carotene than retinol in order to get enough vitamin A in your diet. Topical retinol improves aging skin, while
vitamin A deficiency has been shown to lead to dry skin and follicular hyperkeratosis,
which means too much keratin in the hair follicle. Therefore, it�s pretty convincing argument
that adequate vitamin A intake could improve keratosis pilaris. Because vitamin A plays a major role in keratinization
(and in skin health in general), KP could be a sign of low vitamin A in the body. Unfortunately, most vitamin a supplements
are only made from plant materials that contain beta carotene, which is not really vitamin
A; it’s a precursor to vitamin A. The problem with that is that Most people can’t efficiently
convert beta carotene to vitamin A � so it’s essentially useless in fighting off your
kp. Beta carotene is different from true vitamin
A, and the two nutrients serve different functions in the body. Unfortunately, the FDA, allows companies to
market beta-carotene as vitamin A, which simply isn’t the case. The only sources of pre-formed vitamin A are
animal products and seafood � egg yolks, cod liver oil, liver, and full-fat milk just
to name a few. Food that’s sourced from healthy animals with
all natural diets and wild-caught fish are some of your best sources. Animals are highly efficient at converting
beta carotene from the plants they eat into true vitamin A. Of all of those food choices, cod liver oil
is a supplement many people swear by for fighting KP because of its high vitamin A content. I personally don’t think that daily supplementation
with Cod Liver Oil is necessary. If the cod liver oil is working for you, you’ll
probably know it by the end of your first bottle. All you really need to do is take about a
teaspoon of cod liver oil a few times a week to see if it works for you. It’s also important to consider getting more
of both vitamins D and K2, which work together with vitamin A in the body. If you’re going to add vitamin A to your diet,
or if you already consume enough vitamin A rich foods but aren’t seeing results, consider
that it could be an imbalance of vitamins A, D and K2. So if you’re already getting lots of vitamin
A, adding a bit more of vitamins d and k2 may give you some improvement in your kp symptoms. As I mentioned before, daily intake of Cod
Liver Oil is probably unnecessary, partly because it could lead to excess amounts of
vitamin D in the body. You want to properly balance your vitamin
d levels in the body, as well as its balance with other nutrients without getting too much
of any single nutrient. Vitamin D from sun exposure doesn’t seem to
carry the same risks of getting too much vitamin d. Not only that but, sunlight is actually the
body’s best source of vitamin D. Just keep in mind that it only takes the average person
around three minutes of sun on the skin to get an adequate daily level of sunlight provided
vitamin d � the rest should come from your diet. Some Foods high in vitamin a include: Winter or butternut squash , Sweet potato,
Beef liver, mackerel, salmon, tuna, trout, Carrots, Pumpkin pie, Cantaloupe Red Pepper,
romaine lettuce, Mangos, dried Apricots, Broccoli, kale, spinach, Milk (esp raw whole or full
fat milk), cheese esp goat cheese and cheddar, Butter, Egg, and even vanilla Ice Cream. Including these foods and some sunlight into
your daily routine may help to clear some of your kp symtoms. Just be sure to use sunscreen, and you only
need about three minutes of sun a day to get your daily dose of vitamin D from sunlight. If you’re really serious about clearing your
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