Vitamin A helps children’s health

December 10, 2003 by  

The final picture in the “Year of Chemistry 2003” photo series is atmospheric and almost Christmassy, depicting vitamin A crystals glittering like snowflake patterns on a windowpane. Vitamin A (chemical name retinol) is truly a gift as the nights draw in, because it’s essential for human vision and helps us to see in the twilight.


Vitamin A deficiency causes night blindness and ultimately results in loss of vision. Vitamin A is also important for normal human growth and development and for the structure and functioning of the skin and mucous membranes. In developing countries and in children in particular, Vitamin A deficiency is associated with an increased susceptibility to disease and higher mortality. As a major supplier of vitamin A, BASF supports the global campaign against deficiency syndromes. Vitamin A deficiency is a very serious problem in more than 70 developing countries. Fortifying staple foods like wheat flour, sugar and vegetable oil with vitamin A is an effective means of prevention.


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