Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for gut health, a strong immune system, balanced hormones, and more.  But, did you know that most foods don’t actually contain vitamin A? Fruits and vegetables actually contain beta-carotene that is then converted into vitamin A in the body.

 

Why do we need Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is essential for cell differentiation, cellular growth, hair and nail health, immunity, healthy vision, reproductive health, and gut healing. It has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and fight inflammation. A deficiency in vitamin A may result in night blindness, increased risk of infection, and premature aging.

 

How do we get Vitamin A in our diet?

Vitamin A can be found in animal products such as beef liver, cod liver oil, egg yolks, and butter. When looking for plant-based sources of vitamin A, aka beta-carotene, think the color orange! Carrots, sweet potato, sweet red and orange peppers, cantaloupe, mango, papaya, apricots, winter squash, and pumpkins are all high in beta-carotene. Other sources of beta-carotene are leafy greens such as kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, and collard greens. Oh, and don’t forget broccoli; it’s another great source of this vitamin!

 

Important Note:

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that it is not eliminated through urination, which can lead to Vitamin A toxicity. If you are concerned about your vitamin A levels, please consult a professional. I always recommend eating a well-balanced diet of whole foods to keep your vitamin levels in check.

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