Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin naturally present in many foods. It helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs function correctly.

photo of a basket of fruit
Fruit is a good source of vitamin A.

What Does Vitamin A Do?

Other benefits derived from vitamin A are:

  • strong bones and teeth
  • healthy muscles and soft tissues
  • a stronger immune system
  • good vision (including improved night vision)
  • an effect on breast-feeding and reproduction
  • better cellular communication

Where Does Vitamin A Come From?

There are two different types of vitamin A — preformed vitamin A and provitamin A.

Preformed vitamin A can be found in animal products such as:

  • meat, fish and poultry
  • liver and fish oils
  • dairy products and eggs

Pro-vitamin A can be found in plant-based foods such as:

  • leafy, green vegetables
  • orange and yellow vegetables
  • tomato products
  • some vegetable oils
  • fruits

Learn more about Vitamin A.