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.
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:
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
Herbs that provide vitamin A:
Signs of Deficiency
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
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