Vitamin A is important in maintaining normal vision, immune system health, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs to function properly. A variety of foods contain vitamin A which is naturally present in some foods and added to others, like milk and cereal.
Most dietary vitamin A is derived from a variety of carotenoids found in plants. The most common type of provitamin A in foods and dietary supplements is beta-carotene. If you want to add items to your grocery list that contain vitamin A, consider the following food sources:
- Beef liver and other organ meats (These foods are also high in cholesterol, so limit the amount you eat.)
- Some types of fish, such as salmon
- Green leafy vegetables and other green, orange, and yellow vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, and squash
- Fruits, including cantaloupe, apricots, and mangoes
- Dairy products (among the major sources of vitamin A for Americans)
- Fortified breakfast cereals
For adults and children ages 4 years and older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has established a vitamin A Daily Value (DV) of 5,000 IU from a varied diet of both plant and animal foods.
For better health, eat a balanced diet and fill any nutritional gaps with a well-balanced multivitamin like Geritol®. Geritol® multivitamin contains 120% of the daily value for Vitamin A, with 100% as beta carotene in its pure antioxidant form.
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin A. Office of Dietary Supplements: National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-QuickFacts January 6, 2013.
Dietary Supplements Labels Database: Brands, ingredients and references. Active Ingredient: information from selected non-manufacturer sources. Retrieved from: http://dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov/dietary/ingredDetail.jsp?contain=Vitamin+A&id=1282 January 6, 2013.