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ARRUGULA2 SparkPoints: (37)
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1/25/13 5:15 P

Thank you so much everybody... from the looks of it, I guess I am already getting enough. It's just that my eye sight has been getting worse lately, so I wanted to try the supplements.

Thanks again, off to make some carrot/apple juice - Yum!

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
1/25/13 2:28 P

I vote for eating sweet potatoes instead of taking a supplement. Sweet potatoes are absolutely loaded with vitamin A. They are also incredibly yummy! I love mine baked in the oven until they are soft and squishy to the touch (very squishy). Then, I put just a tad of Brummel and Brown and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar on them. Just writing about it makes me want one tonight! Just make sure to weigh them out so you know how much you are eating so far as calories...

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1/25/13 11:43 A

The A overdose comes from sources like liver.
NOT from vegetables.

Thats why pregnant women are advised to not eat liver due to the content.

Thats also why a single supplement of A is also not a good idea, especially when food sources from vegetables are widely and easily available.

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
1/25/13 11:23 A

Not sure about supplements/pills, but

[1] Ditto on the veggies ... really, *any* orange veggie, so carrots, squash, sweet potatoes ...

[2] BUT Vitamin A is fat soluble and you *CAN* get too much of it (though it's hard). See
HealthProfessional/ -- "Although hypervitaminosis A can be due to excessive dietary intakes, the condition is usually a result of consuming too much preformed vitamin A from supplements or therapeutic retinoids"

[3] And if you want an even larger dose than from carrots and the like? Liver! You'll be at several times the recommended daily amount just like that.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/25/13 11:11 A

Yes. But sometimes a body (like mine) needs a little extra help.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,100)
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1/25/13 11:10 A

Cod liver oil contains both vitamin A and vitamin D.
I get most of my vitamin A from raw spinach. One 10oz bag contains 533% DV.
Vitamin A toxicity is a risk when the vitamin is obtained from animal or supplement sources. When obtained from vegetable sources in the form of beta carotene (or other carotenoids) with the supporting nutrients, it is not a risk.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 1/25/2013 (11:44)
MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/25/13 11:10 A

Ditto the vegetables advice.
I additionally take this Pure Encapsulations vitamin A with the meal I take vitamin D so that it absorbs better.

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1/25/13 10:57 A

Unless you never eat vegetables its very hard to NOT get enough A.

Eat carrots and butternut squash, then your Vit A levels will be through the roof. Just 250g of Butternut squash is 350% of your RDA

ARRUGULA2 SparkPoints: (37)
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1/25/13 4:13 A

Does anyone know of a brand that does not include soy oil, or any other GMO products in it?
It seems that even NOW FOODs has their vit A, or Beta-carotene in soy oil. Anyone know of a good brand?

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