Human Nutrition

Vitamin A

Our Synthetic Vitamin A Product Range

BASF is one of the leading companies in supplying vitamin A. With decades of experience we developed a science-based product range of high-quality products with best-in-class flowability and dispersability. We offer several grades and forms of vitamin A for various dietary supplement, food (including fortified food), infant nutrition and beverage applications. Vitamin A is essential for many physiological functions such as growth and development, immunity, eye health and vision.

Vitamin A is the most significant vitamin deficiency, prevalent in developing countries. In 2009 the WHO estimated that 190 million preschool children and 19 million pregnant women globally suffer from vitamin A deficiency.1

Vitamin A’s large health impact derives from its multiple functions supporting vision, growth and reproduction, immune competence and epithelial protection.

Regular intake of vitamin A supplements may be recommended if a person’s vitamin A intake is low, in case of liver diseases and certain drug therapies (primary vitamin A deficiency). Very low-fat diets may lead to secondary vitamin A deficiency caused by insufficient absorption of preformed or provitamin A.

Global prevalence assessed 1995-2005 based on the currently accepted cut-off for low serum retinol, WHO (2009)

Benefits of vitamin A

  • We offer a wide range of high quality vitamin A grades and product forms tailored to the needs of specific applications, such as dietary supplements, beverages and food applications.
  • We meet with all our products the highest quality standards and regulatory requirements and comply with the major monographs (USP, Ph.Eur., etc.).
  • We simplify production processes with our premium products which show best-in-class flowability and dispersability.
  • We are a market leader with a long-standing commitment to R&D, technical, scientific, IP and regulatory.
  • Together with international charity and aid organizations and national governments, BASF is actively involved in food fortification programs making vitamin A accessible to those most in need.

Sources of vitamin A

Vitamin A can be obtained from animal sourced food (liver, fish oils, dairy products). This preformed vitamin A is called retinol or retinal. The “Provitamin A” carotenoids are fat-soluble molecules from animal and plants sources. Dark-green leafy vegetables as well as deeply colored yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are a relevant source of provitamin A.

After absorption, carotenoids are converted enzymatically to active retinol, a process regulated by the individual’s vitamin A status. Vitamin A activity depends on absorption and bioavailability in its active form as retinol, retinal and retinoic acid. Absorption of preformed vitamin A and carotenoids depends on their solubilization in a lipid matrix, which is often insufficient in raw vegetables and fruit.

What makes BASF’s vitamin A products unique?

Our vitamin A products have outstanding quality and excellent purity. The superior dispensability simplifies the handling and processability for flexible batch sizes and production planning. Furthermore, BASF´s vitamin powder products possess best-in-class stability, flowability and dispersability properties due to our superior formulation and microencapsulation technology.

All vitamin products are compliant with regulations and specific quality requirements in early life nutrition and comply with the major monographs (USP, Ph. Eur. and others).

Production of vitamin A

BASF is a leading supplier of vitamin A. Besides our straight vitamins, BASF also offers several grades of vitamin blends (e.g. vitamin A, E, D3).


Vitamin A is one of the most widely known vitamins. Our vitamin A is used in several applications such as dietary supplements, clinical and medical nutrition products as well as food and beverage products.

With our Food Fortification initiative, we are working against vitamin A deficiency in several countries. For that we cooperate with organizations to fortify staple foods such as oil, flour or sugar.

Health benefits

Vitamin A has critical biological functions. In the eye, retinol and retinal mediate the visual cycle and the integrity of the cornea. Retinol is important for cell differentiation, the female reproductive system, embryonic development and vitamin A supports growth and functionality of skin and mucous membranes through interaction with nuclear factors. Vitamin A is essential for unspecific and specific immune, and in impeding Alzheimer's, diseases.

More information about vitamin A is available upon request.

Disclaimer: The data contained in this publication are based on our current knowledge and experience. In view of the many factors that may affect processing and application of our product, these data do not relieve processors from carrying out their own investigations and tests; neither do these data imply any guarantee of certain properties, nor the suitability of the product for a specific purpose. Any descriptions, drawings, photographs, data, proportions, weights, etc. given herein may change without prior information and do not constitute the agreed contractual quality of the product. It is the responsibility of the recipient of our products to ensure that any proprietary rights and existing laws and legislations are observed.

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Dry Vitamin A Palmitate 250 MS CWD Information & Certificates
Dry Vitamin A-Acetate 325 GFP Information & Certificates
Dry Vitamin A-Acetate 500, 40 Mesh Information & Certificates
Dry Vitamin A-Acetate 500, 60 Mesh Information & Certificates
Dry Vitamin A-Palmitate 250 Information & Certificates
Dry Vitamin A-Palmitate 250 Food Grade Information & Certificates
Dry Vitamin A-Palmitate 500 Information & Certificates
Vitamin A-Acetate 1.5 Mio IU/G stabilized with BHT Information & Certificates
Vitamin A-Acetate 2.8 Mio IU/G unstab. Information & Certificates
Vitamin A-Palmitate 1.0 Mio IU/G stabilized with BHT Information & Certificates

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