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Vitamin A - Naturally!

Let's start at the beginning!

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, one of four (A, D, E and K). It's also known as Retinol.

In the west, deficiency is rare, but it is seen in developing countries with the biggest problem being blindness in children.  Too much vitamin A can cause nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting but this is also uncommon and would really only happen with a synthetic supplement form.  But an excellent example of why natural is generally best!  Smokers need to be especially careful with vitamin A supplements.  It's recommended that pregnant women do not eat liver more than once a week as a precaution and also to be careful with synthetic supplements. 

 

Foods for Vitamin A

Fresh fish comes first for natural vitamin A, where it's found in abundance with Vitamin D. And that's why we supply the amazing Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil for these two key fat soluble vitamins in a totally natural form.  Also eggs and cheese are excellent.  And liver of course as mentioned above if you eat it.

But next up, there are some super vegetables also brilliant for Vitamin A. They provide a different form to animal type - provitamin A a precursor.   But these vegetable forms are just as effective as your body converts the antioxidant beta-carotene to the right form of vitamin A. It will only convert what it needs, so you can't eat many of these vegetables!

The best is sweet potatoes, and these are a really excellent carbohydate, much better for you than normal potatoes as they release far less sugar into your system.

Next famously come the carrots - they've always had the legendary status of improving night vision because of the beta-carotene which was given this name when the scientist H. Wachenrode first isolated the pigment in carrots.

Delicious dark leafy greens are next on the list - kale, spinach, collard greens  and Swiss chard. They're also packed with beta carotene, and as we know, so much more besides on the vitamin and mineral front.  Of all the veggies you can eat, these are the most important for broad nutritional content, every day if you can.

Butternut squash and pumpkin are a little lower, but also good for vitamin A.

For supplements, you will find a little in most of our totally natural range, but Kelp and Chlorella are good sources of all the major vitamins and minerals in a natural form including vitamin A.  And of course they are Additive Free as always!

 

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