Lately, many that used to carry vitamin A do not. It is unfortunate as there are so many great uses for vitamin A beyond good vision. VitaminA promotes a healthy immune system and cell growth!!!
Find out what else vitaminA is good for on the flip…
First there are two types of vitaminA. Vitamin A-Retinoids come from animal products whereas Beta Carotene also vitamin A, comes from plants.
It appears that many stores have pulled vitaminA as there are studies that show high doses of antioxidants such as vitamin A can be harmful.
Like most things in life overdoing them can in some cases cause mortality. It is important that when you take supplements you inform your physician and do not exceed the recommended doses. Just because something is good for you do not abuse it. According to the American Heart Association, they recommend that we eat a well-balanced diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains instead of reaching for supplements. Again, risks and benefits need to be weighed and our physician can assist in that.
This is a list of the best VitaminA Source in Food:
- DV = Daily Value. DVs were developed by the FDA to help consumers compare the nutrient contents of products within the context of a total diet. The DV for vitamin A is 5,000 IU for adults and children age 4 and older. Foods providing 20% or more of the DV are high sources of a nutrient.
- Beef Liver 3 ounces: 14,363 IU (almost 3x the DV)
- Carrots 1 cup raw sliced: 21,384 IU (over 100% DV)
- Sweet potato 1 whole: 18,443 IU (over 100% DV)
- Kale 1 cup chopped: 6,693 IU (over 100% DV)
- Spinach 1 cup raw: 2,813 IU (56% DV)
- Romaine Lettuce 1 cup shredded: 4,094 IU (82% DV)
- Apricots 1 fruit: 674 IU (13% DV)
- Broccoli 1 cup raw: 567 IU (11% DV)
- Butter 1 Tbsp.: 355 IU (7% DV)
- Eggs 1 extra-large: 302 IU (6% DV
- Winter Squash 1 cup, cubes: 514 IU (10% SV)
- Cantaloupe Melon 1 medium wedge: 2,334 IU (47% DV)
- Sweet Red Peppers 1 cup chopped: 4,665 IU (93% DV)
- Tuna Fish 3-ounce filet: 2,142 IU (43% DV)
- Mango 1 cup in pieces: 1,785 IU (36% DV)
There are many more sources of vitamin A such as pumpkin, milk, ice cream, ricotta, tomato juice and more. It has been reported that most provitamin A comes from leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables, tomato products, fruits, and some vegetable oils.
Some other uses for VitaminA include:
- Treating acne and other skin conditions
Many countries and areas in which there is limited available and or affordable foods that contain Vitamin A and have a deficiency. Having a deficiency in vitamin A is also dangerous and can cause other issues.
Here is a list of groups at risk of having vitaminA inadequacies:
- Premature Infants
- Pregnant and lactating women in developing countries
- Infants and young children in developing countries
- People who have Cystic Fibrosis
The following three diseases have been studied to view the relationship of the serum levels of vitaminA and the following:
- Cancer: Studies have shown that people who smoke and those who did not had a lower risk of lung cancer if they had a higher intake of carotenoids, fruits and vegetables or a combination of the tow. Unfortunately, clinical trials did not show proof of this. More research is needed to show concrete proof.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration is known to be a major cause of the loss of vision in older people. Vitamin A has been studied to reduce our risks of age related eye diseases. Speak to your physician to find out if you should be taking Vitamin A.
- In developing countries, measles is a major cause of morbidity with about half occurring in Africa. Vitamin A is known as a risk factor for severe measles and the World Health Organization doe recommend his oral doses in this case. Again, do not jump on the band wagon so to speak, consult your doctor prior to any initiation of supplements.
Vitamin A supplements may be one you might want to consider after you speak with your doctor. Be sure you tell them all the prescribed medication you or your child take as well as any supplements taken. Don’t forget a healthy diet with foods listed above may be all you need.
Do you take VitaminA?