Emulsified Vitamin A Side Effects

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In addition to conventional cancer remedies like chemo and radiotherapy, alternative treatments are now becoming increasingly popular. Nevertheless, they are often dependent on individual body chemistry so that finding the option that works best for you may be difficult and time-consuming. However, emulsified vitamin A has been around since 1970s as a consistent remedy for several patients. While many researches are still in progress, many trials have confirmed the effectiveness of emulsified vitamin A against several types of cancers. For example, during a study in 2004, one-third of a set of patients suffering from a rare form of leukemia were cured by emulsified vitamin A alone.

Vitamin A is a yellow, fat-soluble terpene alcohol called retinol. Egg yolk and animal liver are rich in retinol. Its effectiveness in inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells and helping them return to normal growth has long been known. This was first found through Norwegian sailors who were heavy smokers, but were guarded from lung cancer by their high levels of fish liver consumption. However, high doses of vitamin A can produce liver intoxication. German researchers at Mugos Laboratories solved the problem by preparing emulsified vitamin A—those delivered inside ‘bubbles of fat’—which could be directly absorbed by the lymphatic system without going through the liver.

Regular doses of vitamin A are essential for proper vision. However, under significantly large doses its anti-tumor effects come into action. Various researches recommend different daily doses, ranging from 100,000 international units (IU) to one million IU. Usually, one emulsified drop contains about 15,000 IU. Emulsified vitamin A shows significant inhibitory effects against leukemia and some head and neck cancers.

However, even emulsified vitamin A can result in a variety of side effects and complications. One common problem is vitamin D interference, as high doses of vitamin A can activate certain genetic responses against vitamin D. This can be disadvantageous in case of cancer patients who also rely on vitamin D as a form of treatment. However, a more adverse effect is vitamin A overdose, which may have serious effects on the liver if neglected. Common symptoms of overdose include dizziness, headache, joint pain and blurred vision. Scaly skin, dry lips and excessive hair loss may also be observed. Concentrated vitamin A supplements are also known to increase bone fracture risk, sometimes even making them more prone to cancerous growth. Emulsified vitamin A is not recommended for thyroid cancer patients.
Apart from such problems, emulsified vitamin A seems to be a promising solution to cancer so far. It has no known compatibility issues with other drugs, and can be taken easily along with meals. Usually the substance is used as a supplement to Laetrile, based on a study by Harold Manner. Emulsified vitamin A is available as liquid drops, either tasteless or having a pleasant taste. Researchers recommend starting with small doses and working up to high doses gradually to avoid overdose risks. Meanwhile, it is essential to pay attention to conventional cancer treatments as well, for ensuring faster recovery.

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