Vitamin A intake is inversely related with adiposity in healthy young adults

J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2008 Oct;54(5):347-52. doi: 10.3177/jnsv.54.347.


Dietary intake, either through specific nutrients or representative food groups, can influence obesity-related oxidative stress markers. This study evaluated the potential associations between vitamin A intake and several anthropometrical, biochemical and dietary features in healthy young adults, emphasizing the putative relationships between total antioxidant consumption and vitamin A intake. This translational research enrolled 61 healthy young adults aged 18-22 y. Anthropometrical and blood pressure measurements, blood samples and nutritional intake data were collected. After adjusting for total energy intake, vitamin A intake showed a negative correlation with several adiposity measurements. Furthermore, vitamin A consumption was positively associated with serum total cholesterol as well as with the intake of antioxidant foodstuffs. So, vitamin A intake seems to be related, not only with the total antioxidant intake, but also with several anthropometrical and biochemical measurements linked to metabolic syndrome manifestations and other features related to oxidative stress in healthy young adults.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adiposity / drug effects*
  • Adult
  • Antioxidants / administration & dosage*
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Size
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Diet*
  • Energy Intake
  • Female
  • Food
  • Humans
  • Insulin / blood
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Male
  • Metabolic Syndrome*
  • Obesity* / pathology
  • Obesity* / physiopathology
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Triglycerides / blood
  • Vitamin A / administration & dosage*
  • Vitamins / administration & dosage*
  • Waist-Hip Ratio
  • Young Adult


  • Antioxidants
  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin
  • Triglycerides
  • Vitamins
  • Vitamin A
  • Cholesterol