Vitamin A In Foods And Our Bodies #AMCoffee

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Vitamin A is one of the essential ingredients our body needs and must have in order to function in a balanced, smooth way. Vitamin A is considered a vital one when it comes to eye health, immune system, and cell growth.

There are tow types of vitamin A you need to be aware of.

#1 Vitamin A of Animal Source is called RETINOIDS

The sources for Retinoids reside in fish, meat, poultry and dairy products. Retinoids, once they arrive into your body, are ready to be used by your body. Or they say, vitamin A is bioavailable for consumption by your cells. Bioavailability is a very powerful side of Retinoids.

Animal Sources of vitamin A – Retinoids

  • Beef liver
  • Cod oil
  • Eggs
  • Fortified skim milk
  • Fortified

#2 Vitamin A of Plant Source is called Beta-Carotene

The plant sources of vitamin A are many and abundant all-year-round: fruit, veggies, grains. Beta-carotene is not bioavailable from these sources. That means that the body needs to do some work, i.e., process this vitamin, to make it bioavailable for the cells to use.

Check out the Plant Sources of vitamin A – Beta-Carotene.

  • Red bell peppers
  • Spinach and dark leafy green vegetables
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potatoes – one sweet potato gives you more than 500% of the amount you need each day
  • Pumpkin pie – think of this dessert frequently to satisfy your sweet tooth! It has plenty of beta-carotene to turn into Vitamin A to give your body what it needs
  • Carrots – just 1/2 cup of raw carrots gives you more than enough for your eye health! Eat Carrots to avoid night blindness. I did a campaign last year against night blindness, which affects millions in our country.

Vitamin A can be found in supplements and fortified foods these days, besides the food sources. However, it has been found by many studies that excess of vitamin A – more than 1.5 mg a day – increased the risk from fractures! Again, this happens when vitamin A source is SUPPLEMENTS!

Vitamin A supplementation alone, or in combination with other antioxidants, is associated with an increased risk of mortality from all causes, according to an analysis of multiple studies.

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  1. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    We love our veggies and fruit and eggs! Many are rich in vitamin A which is an essential part of a healthy and well-functioning body.

    Let’s look into the sources of vitamin A, types of vitamin A, benefits and risks – yes, these, too, – to grasp the potential of this mighty VITAMIN on our bodies.

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    Top 10 Sources of Vitamin A

    I think it is important to have an idea and comparison charts in our heads about how much of Vitamin A is there in different sources, both plant and animal.

    This grid with daily recommended use is a good visual tool for us.

    DV stands for ” Daily Value”

    1) Beef Liver
    3 ounces: 14,363 IU (almost 3x the DV)

    2) Carrots
    1 cup raw sliced: 21,384(over 100% DV)

    3) Sweet potato
    1 whole: 18,443 IU (over 100% DV)

    4) Kale
    1 cup, chopped: 6693 IU (over 100% DV)

    5) Spinach
    1 cup raw: 2813 IU (56% DV)

    6) Apricots – Read More on Apricots HERE
    1 fruit: 674 IU (13% DV)

    7) Broccoli
    1 cup raw: 567 IU (11% DV)

    8) Butter
    1 Tbsp: 355 IU (7% DV)

    9) Eggs – Read More on EGGS HERE
    1 extra-large: 302 IU (6% DV)

    10) Winter squash
    1 cup, cubes: 514 IU (10% SV)

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  4. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    WHY People Take Vitamin A

    Source webMD

    Topical and oral retinoids are common prescription treatments for acne and other skin conditions, including wrinkles. Oral vitamin A is also used as a treatment for measles and dry eye in people with low levels of vitamin A. Vitamin A is also used for a specific type of leukemia.

    Vitamin A has been studied as a treatment for many other conditions, including cancers, cataracts, and HIV. However, the results are inconclusive.

    Most people get enough vitamin A from their diets. However, a doctor might suggest vitamin A supplements to people who have vitamin A deficiencies. People most likely to have vitamin A deficiency are those with diseases (such as digestive disorders) or very poor diets.

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    Are There Any Risks of Taking Vitamin A?

    Source webMD

    Again, we need to emphasize that when we engage with a healthy and balanced FOOD – our daily diet – it’s hard to overdose on vitamin A!

    Those people who are engaging in Supplementation of vitamin A are more likely to get the side-effects.

    Side effects

    Symptoms of vitamin A toxicity include dry skin, joint pain, vomiting, headaches, confusion.

    Interactions

    If you take any medicines, ask your doctor if vitamin A supplements are safe. Vitamin A supplements may interact with some birth control pills, blood thinners (Coumadin), acne medicines (isotretinoin), cancer treatments, and many other drugs.

    Risks

    Don’t take more than the RDA of vitamin A unless your doctor recommends it. High doses of vitamin A have been associated with birth defects, lower bone density, and liver problems. People who drink heavily or have kidney or liver disease shouldn’t take vitamin A supplements without talking to a doctor.

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  6. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    Too Much of A Good Thing?

    Source webMD

    Vitamin A is an essential part of our life and is needed for good eyesight, heart and cell health, skin health and many more functions that science is not even aware of.

    However, I found that as early as in 2003, some studies started to report that there’s such thing of having TOO MUCH OF VITAMIN A in the body.

    “One of the studies shows excessive intake of vitamin A can increase a person’s risk of bone fracture by as much as seven times, and current fortification levels may need to be reassessed.”

    “That study is the first to show a link between levels of vitamin A in the blood and the long-term risk of bone and hip fracture.”

    “Researchers say the findings suggest that excessive vitamin A intake may explain, in part, the high rates of hip fractures in Scandinavia and the United States where the use of vitamin supplements and vitamin A fortification is common.

    Fortification of dairy products and cereals with vitamin A began in Scandinavia and the U.S. several decades ago in an effort to prevent night blindness, which is often the first sign of vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A deficiency is also a major cause of blindness in developing countries.”

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    • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

      Food fortification is one of the inventions of the past century.
      It has helped a lot to prevent many diseases.
      Yet, when it comes to supplementation, we need to be up-to-date on the latest in studies. It is not often available in mass media. That is why our morning chats, I do hope, help us to become aware of what is happening in many areas of our lives.

    • Katrina Angele says:

      I hate how they add stuff to food. It’s scary because it can have that backlash.
      And I wonder, I have a hard time seeing at night. More so in the last 3 years. I stopped driving at night. I wonder if needing more vitamin A would have anything to do with that.

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      That’s one of the problems with our country – they fortify foods and don’t bother doing the research on how it is going to affect people in the long run – as long as they can sell more of their products and make money, they don’t seem to really care about it!

  7. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    Supplementation vs Real Food

    Concentrations of vitamin A vary in different supplements, but researchers found that consuming more than 1.5 mg per day of vitamin A from supplements increased the risk of fracture.

    “What these results [from studies] indicate is, ‘Oh my God we have found a bone poison,'” says Tosi, who is also associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. “Vitamin A is important in small doses, but at high doses it is bone poison.”

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