By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Vitamin A that comes from plants is should actually called “provitamin A”. Its precursors are also called carotenoids which have to be converted by our body into retinoids which is the usable form of vitamin A. There are many forms of carotenoids called “mixed carotenoids” . These forms of vitamin A contain multiple types of carotenoids are water soluble so they do not build up in the body and cause toxicity like the animal form called palmitate (which is fat soluble) can.
Vitamin A is helpful in many areas of our health and wellness. It helps with bone growth, connective tissues, normal cell division, reproductive system, inflammatory diseases, Crohn’s, celiac, immune health, skin health, vision and more. Deficiency symptoms may be night blindness, permanent blindness, infectious disease, frequent respiratory infections and slow growth of a child.
Forms of vitamin A can vary from food, supplements and safe fat soluble based supplements. Foods that are high in carotenoids are brightly colored vegetables, fruits and dark leafy vegetables. These include carrots, spinach, kale, apricots, papaya and mango. Supplements for carotenoids will say “mixed carotenoids” on the bottles. Then there is “Micellized Vitamin A” which is a liquid. It combines vitamin A—palmitate and beta-carotene. It is safe to use because it has been micellized into extremely small droplets that are easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Dose is normally 5,000 IU vitamin A as palmitate and 25 IU as beta carotene.
Before people take any kind of vitamins they should learn what their body truly needs by running intra-cellular micronutrient testing which is the best way to run vitamin deficiency testing.
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Medical disclaimer: Vitamin deficiency testing and all of our other tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.