Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. It needs fat to dissolve and be used by our body and it can be stored in our fatty tissue.


There are 2 types of vitamin A. The first is preformed vitamin A and is found in meat, dairy, poultry, fish, fortified foods and supplements. When consuming fortified foods and supplements with this form of vitamin A, because it can be stored in the fatty tissue, you can actually have too much and create toxicity.


The second type, provitamin A, is found in fruits, vegetables and other plant-based products. The most common form of provitamin A is beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. It begins as a carotenoid in food and is converted by the body into vitamin A. With provitamin A, you cannot have too much and it will NOT create toxicity.

Choose your A well!

People with diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism cannot store vitamin A so it is very important they eat fruits and vegetables and take a quality multivitamin with provitamin A everyday.


Benefits:

  • Promotes normal vision

  • Supports immune system health

  • Supports reproductive health

  • Helps the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs work properly

  • Stimulates the production and activity of white blood cells

  • Helps with the formation of bones and teeth

  • Aids in fat storage

  • Protects against colds and flu

  • Protects against infection of the kidneys, bladder, lungs and mucous membranes

  • Antioxidant that protects cells from cancer and other diseases

Foods that provide vitamin A:

  • Dairy products

  • Fruits, like cantaloupe and mango

  • Raw green, leafy green vegetables, like kale, broccoli and spinach

  • Orange, red and yellow vegetables, like carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, red bell pepper and tomatoes

  • Fish oil/Cod liver oil

  • Beef liver

  • Eggs

  • Butter

  • Sunflower seeds

Herbs that provide vitamin A:

  • Spirulina

  • Gotu

  • Kola

  • Barley grass

  • Yellow Dock

  • Uva Ursi

  • Peppermint

  • Parsley

  • Alfalfa

Signs of Deficiency

  • Night blindness

  • Severe dryness of the eye, xerophthalmia (inability to see in low light; can lead to blindness)

  • Irregular patches on the white of the eye

  • Dry skin and hair

  • Poor growth

  • Ear infections

  • Yeast problems-unhealthy flora in the colon inhibits the conversion of carotene to vitamin A

  • Problems in the membranes of the mouth and the digestive and urogenital tract

Signs of Toxicity

Because preformed vit