Vitamin A

I know this was supposed to be the 1st in a series of posts about herbs, but there just weren't any common A herbs that interested me. Alfalfa? Anise? Allspice?

I gave up.

And, that brings us to vitamin A.

Vitamin A is a fat soluable vitamin which means, unlike water soluable vitamins, the body stores extra for later instead of flushing it out. Extra vitamin A is mostly stored in the liver. So, too much of a good thing CAN be bad. The recommended dose for adults is around 800 mcg (it varies slightly depending on age and gender).

So...what does vitamin A actually DO for you??? Well, vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, cellular communication, and also supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.

Top food sources of vitamin A in the U.S. diet include dairy products, liver, fish, fortified cereals, and COLORFUL fruits and veggies.

Here are my 10 top picks of Vitamin A food sources:
1. Carrots.
2. Sweet potatoes
3. Pumpkins
4. Spinach
5. Beef
6. Cantaloupe
7. Kale
8. Peppers
9. Mangos
10. Squash

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