Vitamin A represents a group of chemical compounds, and it is divided into two groups: carotenoids and retinoids. In fact, A vitamin which is derived from plant sources is a carotenoid (found in plants, such as carrots, fruit, and vegetables), which the body is able to convert into a retinol. On the other hand, A vitamin which comes from animals is already a kind of retinol (the type of vitamin A found in animals products such as kidneys, eggs, dairy products and liver) so it is absorbed by the body without any difficulty. Thus, vitamin A palmitate is a variety of vitamin A which can be found organically in animal sources but produced synthetically as well.
In fact, this nutrient was created to give a boost to low-fat and fat-free dairy products, whose natural form of A vitamin were stripped away in the process of removing fat.
What are the sources of this nutrient?
Vitamin A palmitate, whose alternate names are retinyl palmitate and retinol palmitate, can be found in all sorts of animal sources, while nutritional sources of this vitamin can be found in fish, liver, milk, cheese, eggs, and butter. Plant sources of A vitamin are carotenoids, which can be found in fruit and vegetables rich in alpha-carotene as well as beta-carotene. As a matter of fact, carotenoids are excellent sources of vitamin A although this is not the case with vitamin A palmitate.
What are the uses of this nutrient?
This vitamin is made synthetically for use in cosmetics and for treating skin problems such as wrinkles and acne, and it is available only by prescription. The other uses for vitamin A palmitate are the treatment of certain eye disorders as well as a condition called dry eye.
What are the supplements of this vitamin?
A Vitamin palmitate is used to give a boost to foods such as the dairy products which have lost this vitamin during processing. As for supplements, those in liquid, pill and powder form are employed to treat deficiency. Furthermore, this is a fat-soluble nutrient and there is a possibility of it accumulating in the body to toxic levels, and causing a variety of symptoms like nausea, headaches and vomiting, and also, there can be negative health consequences such as liver abnormalities as well as a reduced density of bone minerals.
What are the symptoms of overdosing?
- Various Allergic Reactions
A sign of an overdosing is some kind of allergic response, which can be manifested in rashes, itching, and hives, or on the other hand, as a puffiness in the hands, of the mouth, face, or throat.
- Liver Toxicity
Too much of this vitamin can result in serious liver damage.
An excessive amount of vitamin A may result in a number of different kinds of dryness, as well as major hair loss, dehydrated lips or dry and prickly, even peeling and cracking skin.
- Eye and Mouth Problems
Signs of an overdose of this vitamin may be if the whites of the eyes have become a yellow color, or if there any problems with the eyesight, which include a pain behind the eyeballs. Other symptoms include bleeding gums and a tender mouth.
- Problems in the Entire Body
There are some negative effects of this synthetic vitamin that can affect the entire body, such as pain in the bones and joints, relentless headaches or even migraines, a feeling of general weakness, lethargy or exhaustion, wooziness or confusion, etc.
- Stomach Problems
The subsequent stomach problems are signs of an overdosing from this vitamin: nausea, a lack of appetite, vomiting, as well as stomach pain.
- Birth Defects
Higher doses of this vitamin should be avoided during pregnancy, as there seems to be a correlation of an overdose of this vitamin with birth defects.