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DSM in Food, Beverages & Dietary Supplements

Quali®-A (vitamin A)

DSM is a leading provider of vitamin A – in a variety of formats.
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Vitamin A is a group of fat-soluble compounds that fit into two categories, depending on whether the food source is an animal or plant:


  • Vitamin A found in foods that come from animals and is called ‘preformed vitamin A’ or ‘retinol’; it's one of the most active forms of vitamin A
  • Vitamin A found in fruits and vegetables is called ‘provitamin A carotenoid’, which can be cleaved into retinol in the body; the carotenoid ‘beta-carotene’ is most efficiently converted into retinol, making it an important vitamin A.
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Key benefits

Vitamin A (retinol) intake is essential for:

  • Better vision (especially night vision)
  • Growth and development – it’s involved in the genetic regulation of cell and tissue formation, programming, and communication needed for reproduction; and for the proper development of the embryo in the womb
  • Immune function – it helps to protect against infections by ensuring the effectiveness of mechanical barriers (like skin), and increasing the production and efficacy of protective cells (eg lymphocytes)
  • Male and female reproductive organs.

Product Forms

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We produce Vitamin A crystalline API. We also produce the most comprehensive portfolio of acetate and palmitate oily and dry forms suitable for all pharma and food applications.