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Get Your Daily A: Foods Rich in Vitamin A

By Sara Butler

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for your body. It helps to protect your skin from the damage that can be caused by the UV rays of the sun and helps to boost immunity and brain function. As with most other things, it’s important to eat your Vitamin A instead of relying on a supplement. That’s because your body stores Vitamin A pretty well, so if you get too much of it through supplements, then it can turn toxic. It’s far better to get your Vitamin A naturally through the foods you eat. Here are a few Vitamin A-rich foods to add to your diet.

What is Vitamin A?

This fat soluble vitamin is found naturally in a number of foods. You need it to maintain normal vision, reproduction, and a healthy immune system. It also contributes to the proper working of your heart, lungs, and kidneys.

There are two different kinds of Vitamin A. Provitamin A is found in plant-based sources such as vegetables and fruits while preformed Vitamin A is found in meat, dairy, fish, and poultry. The most common type of Vitamin A is found is beta-carotene.

How Much Vitamin A Do You Need?

How much Vitamin A your body requires depends a lot on your age and your reproductive status. The USDA recommends that people over 14 years of age get between 700 and 900 micrograms per day. Women who are pregnant or nursing should get between 1,200 and 1,300 micrograms per day. Eating a varied diet will help you get what you need.

Foods Rich in Vitamin A

Foods that will give your Vitamin A intake a boost include:

  • Carrots - The beta-carotene that makes these beauties orange is converted in your body to Vitamin A
  • Spinach - A couple of generous handfuls of spinach each day will give your body a boost of Vitamin A
  • Dried apricots - These provide Vitamin A along with Vitamin B6, magnesium, and iron, so they make a great snack when you’re on the go
  • Cantaloupe - A few slices of this fresh melon provide you with almost half of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A
  • Red peppers - One of these ruby red beauties will provide an entire day’s worth of Vitamin A
  • Beef liver - While high in Vitamin A, this one is also high in cholesterol, so limit how much you eat

Many breakfast cereals are also fortified with Vitamin A -- just look at the nutrition label to see what you’re getting.

A balanced diet should ensure you get enough Vitamin A to stay healthy, so make sure to eat the rainbow! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roswell, Ga.

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