Vitamin A boosts good cholesterol

In this study, doctors measured the diets of 57 obese, but metabolically healthy, men and women, aged 18 to 62.

As the level of vitamin A in the diet from food and supplements increased, so did the level of HDL, the “good” cholesterol. In a second finding, as levels of vitamin A decreased, HDL levels decreased more in the women than in the men.

The body can synthesize vitamin A from retinyl palmitate found in animal foods such as dairy, eggs, liver, and fish; and from beta-carotene found in colorful fruits and vegetables. Supplements can provide one or both forms of vitamin A.


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