Foods High In Vitamin A


If you're looking for foods high in vitamin A you won't have a hard time.  This article will identify the most common sources for you....



ABefore we list the sources of this vitamin, you might want to review all the things it can do for you.

The Benefits

To start with, you'll likely recall that this vitamin is good for your eyes.  It is used in the treatment of many eye diseases, helps improve weak eyes and is used both to prevent and treat night blindness.

Other benefits of vitamin A, in no particular order, are:

  • Increased resistance to respiratory diseases.
  • More rapid recovery from diseases.
  • Keeps outer layers of tissues and organs healthy.
  • Aids the removal of age spots.
  • Promotes growth.
  • Strengthens Bones.
  • Keeps skin, hair, teeth and gums healthy.
  • Used externally to treat acne, boils, carbuncles, impetigo, and open ulcers.
  • Often used in treating hyperthyrodism and emphysema

The sources

In alphabetical order, foods high in vitamin A include:

  • apricots
  • asparagus
  • avocado
  • beets
  • brussels sprouts
  • butter
  • cantaloupe
  • carrots
  • corn
  • dairy products
  • eggs
  • green and yellow vegetables
  • liver
  • margarine
  • milk
  • peaches
  • peppers
  • pumpkin
  • spinach
  • sweet potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • yellow fruits

In fact, if your weekly diet is abundant in these listed foods which are high in vitamin A, you are likely getting a sufficient supply of this important vitamin.

In addition several herbs can supply this vitamin, too.  Amoung those which contain it are alfalfa, burdock, capsicum, comfrey, dandelion root, echinacea, eyebright, garlic, hawthorn, mullein, parsley, sarsparilla, stinging nettle and, watercress.

Precautions

Vitamin A is perhaps one of the few vitamins which can have toxic effects.  The symptoms of too much vitamin A are hair loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, scaly skin, blurred vision, rashes, bone pain, irregular menses, fatigue, headaches, and increased liver size.  Naturally, just one of these symptoms on an ocassional basis is no reason for alarm, but if they are experienced in combination on a repetative basis it would be wise to consult a doctor.


Tips

  • If using vitamin A supplements, take them only 5 days a week to minimize the possibility of storing too much in your body.
  • To get the best effects from this vitamin combine it with vitaman B complex, vitamins D and E, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. (Zinc is used by your liver to extract vitamin A from where it`s stored.)
  • If you have too little Vitamin A this can lead to losing vitamin C.
  • If you are taking vitamin A supplements, you may wish to avoid strenuous activity for about 4 hours to get maximum absorption.
  • Antibiotics may be less effective if taken together with high doese of vitamin A.

Vitamin A Supplements

There are two basic forms of vitamin A supplements, one being extracted from fish liver oil, the other is a water-soluble dry form.  This latter form is recommended for people who have difficulty ingesting oils -- especially those who suffer from acne.

This is a fat soluble vitamin and needs both fat and minerals to be digested.  It may be stored in your body and, as such, is not required to be replaced any day.

There are two forms of vitamin A, one called retinol which is only present in foods from animals, and the form called carotene which can be found both in animals and plants.

The minimum daily requirement (MDA) of vitamin A is 25,000 IU and the maximum safe amound is 100,000 IU.

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