Why do you need Vitamin A?

Why do you need Vitamin A?

Vitamin A supports a healthy immune system, helps you see in dim light, aids reproduction and keeps your skin healthy. 

In addition it also helps your body's defence against illness and infection, supports the development of babies in the womb and helps defeat skin conditions such as acne and wrinkles. It was the first vitamin to be named, hence holding the name 'A'.

What is Vitamin A?

It is in fact the generic term for a group of fat-soluble retinoids, of which there are two types. Preformed Vitamin A which is found mainly in meat, fish and dairy products and provides retinoids. And Pro-Vitamin A, which is mainly found in plant products and fruits which provides beta-carotenes.

How can you get Vitamin A?

As your body can't produce Vitamin A you need to get it from food. It's found in orange and yellow fruits and in green vegetables, such as spinach and wheatgrass.

Animal fats and dairy, such as egg yolks are also high in preformed Vitamin A - also called retinol because of its beneficial effects on vision.

What foods are high in Vitamin A?

So how can you ensure that you consume enough of this important vitamin? The table below shows some of the foods containing high quantities of Vitamin A and the percentage of the recommended daily dose they contain.

Preformed Vitamin A

% RDA

Pro-Vitamin A

% RDA

Beef Liver  - 3 oz

731

Carrots - ½ cup

51

Fish oils -1 tablespoon

170

Leafy green vegetables- 1 cup

20-40

Milk  -1 glass

7.6

Wheatgrass - 100ml

50

Eggs - 1

6

Spinach - ½ cup

64

Cheese =100 ml Goats cheese

16

Broccoli- ½ cup

7

Yoghurt – 1

1

Dried Apricots- 10

7

 

 

Sweet potato -1

156

 

 

Peppers - ½ pepper

17

 

 

Mango - 1

12

 

So, although the old adage - eating carrots will help you see in the dark - isn’t completely true, the beta carotene and the nutrients and vitamins found in them are extremely helpful for boosting eye health and maintaining good eyesight.

Wheatgrass is a good source of Vitamin A

Wheatgrass is an excellent source of many different vitamins and minerals. It's especially high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids.

Of its 17 amino acids, eight are considered essential, meaning your body cannot produce them and you must obtain them from food sources.

Drinking one sachet of our organic wheatgrass juice is a convenient and delicious way to achieve your Vitamin A goals.

 

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