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What are the Best Vitamin A Foods?

With all of the talk about needing the right vitamins, it is not unusual to be looking for the best ways to make sure you get them. Since Vitamin A is a necessary vitamin for health, and a deficiency can actually cause further health problems, you want to be sure to get plenty of it daily. So, what foods typically house Vitamin A? What are the best Vitamin A foods to choose? Is it better to get your vitamins through foods or supplements? How do you know when you have enough? Each of these questions is important in being able to decide how to get the right amount of vitamins into your daily regimen.

Vitamin A is a vitamin that is only found in animal based foods. This may surprise those who have heard you can get the vitamin through fruits and vegetables. The reason for the confusion is because there are fruits and vegetables that contain carotenoids. These carotenoids are converted into Vitamin A when in your body. So even though the foods themselves do not contain Vitamin A, your body will get Vitamin A when you eat them.

Obviously meats are going to be a significant source of Vitamin A. Liver and beef are the two biggest Vitamin A foods available. Still, there are plenty of fruits that contain the carotenoids that will convert to Vitamin A. Some fruits that are considered excellent sources are:

  • Dried apricots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tomatoes
  • Peaches
  • Mangoes
  • Pumpkins

Of course there are also a host of vegetables that contain the carotenoids that you need for Vitamin A. Some of them include:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Turnip Greens
  • Swiss chard
  • Squash
  • Mustard greens
  • Green peas
  • Lettuce
  • Red bell pepper

There are other foods that contain Vitamin A or carotenoids as well. They include:

  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Chili powder
  • Dried herbs
  • Skim milk
  • Whole milk
  • Oatmeal

While all of these foods are considered a high source of Vitamin A, it is important to remember that how the foods start and how they end are two different things. Unless you are getting these fruits and vegetables straight from the farm, they have had to travel to get to you. This is especially true if you live in an area without fresh produce during a season. When this happens your food will lose nutrients during the travel. If it is processed in any way then it can also lose nutrients that way.

Of course how you cook it will also affect the potency. What this means is that you could likely be eating foods that have very little nutritional value at all. Those vitamins are gone and you are left with nothing more than the food.

The best solution for the problem is to not focus on Vitamin A foods and instead get your vitamins from a supplement. This allows you to control your dosage and be sure that you have plenty in your body at all times. You can follow the recommended dosage guidelines to be sure that you do not intake too much Vitamin A, but that your body gets as much as it needs.

Taking a supplement and still eating those fruits and vegetables will not be a problem. You will get such minimal amounts of vitamins from the foods that it will not affect the dosage amount that you receive from the supplements that you have chosen. You will always know when you have had enough and you won’t have to worry about deficiencies or overdoses.

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