Vitamin A

  • Xiang-Ying Kong
  • Li-Da Du
  • Guan-Hua Du


Human vitamin A is derived from the natural food. Natural vitamin A exists in different forms. Vitamin A not only significantly affects visual function but also has a greater physiological impact than visual function, especially for reproduction and embryonic development, immune function, and maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin A in clinical applications includes two aspects: one is to treat vitamin A deficiency disease, and the other is to prevent vitamin A deficiency. Therefore, vitamin A will protect the health of the healthy people and relieve the pain of vitamin A-deficient people. The process of vitamin A discovery provides a very valuable experience and effective drugs for the medical sciences. And the understanding of vitamin A provides a reliable material and rational understanding for the prevention of human disease.


Vitamin A Retinol Night blindness 


  1. 1.
    Zhang DS, Du GH, translation. The vitamins: fundamental aspects in nutrition and health. Beijing: Science Press; 2009.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Chinese Materia MedicaChina Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Biomedical SciencesChinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  3. 3.Beijing Key Laboratory of Drug Targets Identification and Drug Screening, Centre for Pharmaceutical Screening, Institute of Materia MedicaChinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina

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