Signs of Vitamin A Deficiency: 

  • Abscesses in the ears
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Dry skin or hair
  • Dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent colds and other respiratory infections
  • Insomnia
  • Night blindness
  • Pneumonia
  • Poor growth
  • Reproductive difficulties
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin disorders including acne
  • Weak tooth enamel
  • Weight loss 

Health Concerns – Vitamin A is used for:   

  • Dry eye (topical)
  • Measles
  • Support for Aids patients
  • Viral illnesses 

What Vitamin A Does: 

  • Aids in reproductive functions
  • Antioxidant
  • Anticarcinogenic
  • Improves body’s ability to heal
  • Improves vision and prevents night blindness
  • May help in the treatment of hyperthyroidism
  • Prevents and treats skin disorders and aging of skin
  • Promotes the growth of strong bones, hair, teeth, skin, and gums
  • Stimulates immunity 

FOOD SOURCES of Vitamin A     

  • Apricots
  • Asparagus, cooked
  • Beet greens
  • Broccoli
  • Butter
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Chili peppers
  • Collards
  • Dairy products
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Eggs
  • Endive, raw
  • Green beans, cooked
  • Kale, cooked
  • Kidney
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Liver
  • Mangos
  • Mustard greens, cooked
  • Papayas
  • Parsley
  • Peaches
  • Peas, fresh, cooked
  • Pumpkin
  • Red peppers
  • Seafood
  • Spinach
  • Squash, winter
  • Sweet potato
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip greens
  • Watercress
  • Watermelon
  • Yams
  • Yellow corn 

Herb Sources of Vitamin A 

  • Alfalfa
  • Barley grass
  • Borage leaves
  • Burdock root
  • Cayenne (capsicum)
  • Chaparral
  • Chickweed
  • Dandelion greens and root
  • Dulse
  • Eyebright
  • Fennel seed
  • Garlic
  • Gotu kola
  • Hops
  • Horseradish
  • Horsetail
  • Kelp
  • Lemongrass
  • Mullein
  • Nettle
  • Oat straw
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Plantain
  • Raspberry leaf
  • Red clover
  • Rose hips
  • Sage
  • Spirulina
  • Uva ursi
  • Violet leaves
  • Watercress
  • Yellow dock 

OTHER SOURCES of Vitamin A: 

  • Cod liver oil
  • Cataplex A (Standard Process Labs) is a whole-food, highly bioavailable form of Vitamin A that really works great for heel spurs.

Cautions & Comments about Vitamin A:

  • Antibiotics, laxatives, nitrates, and some cholesterol-lowering drugs interfere with Vitamin A absorption
  • If you have hypothyroidism, avoid beta-carotene, because your body probably cannot convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A
  • If you have liver disease, do not take a daily dose of over 10,000 IU of Vitamin A in pill form or any amount of cod liver oil.
  • If you are pregnant, do not take more than 10,000 IU of Vitamin A daily.  Excess amounts may cause birth defects.
  • Vitamins A, D, E, and K do build up in the liver if you take huge amounts for long periods of time. 
  • Children should not take more than 18,000 IU of Vitamin A