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NZ Lifestyle Block - - Have Your Say - Dando Fran­cis, Auck­land (abridged) Trees van Ruth, Nel­son

This month s’ winni ng lette r As NZ Life­style Block colum­nist Jenny Somervell pointed out, vi­ta­min A is fat-sol­u­ble, so it is much less eas­ily elim­i­nated from the body than the wa­ter­sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins (like vi­ta­min C). There are sev­eral doc­u­mented ills re­sult­ing from ex­cess in­take of vi­ta­min A, one be­ing “al­tered men­tal sta­tus” (per­haps not so hu­mor­ous).

As lit­tle as 0.5 mg vi­ta­min A/kilo of body weight can be ex­ces­sive in chil­dren, and vi­ta­min A tox­i­c­ity is said to sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect foe­tuses.

From mem­ory, our son was tak­ing in two litres of car­rot juice per day. He did re­turn to nor­mal coloura­tion.

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