Vitamin A helps cell reproduction. It also stimulates immunity and is needed for formation of some hormones. Vitamin A helps vision and promotes bone growth, tooth development, and helps maintain healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes. It has been shown to be an effective preventive against measles.
Deficiency can cause night blindness, dry skin, poor bone growth, and weak tooth enamel.
Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and retinol are all versions of Vitamin A.
4,000 IU/day for children ages 1-3
5,000 IU/day for children ages 4-6
7,000 IU/day for children ages 7-10
FRUITS: Most fruits contain vitamin A, but the following fruits have a significant amount: Cantaloupes , Grapefruit, Guava, Mango, Papaya, Passion fruit, Tomatoes
NUTS: Chestnuts, Pecans, Pistachios
LEGUME: Most legumes do not contain a significant amount of Vitamin A
VEGETABLES: Amaranth Leaves, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Chinese Broccoli , Chinese Cabbage, Kale, Leeks, Spinach ,Squash, Sweet Potato
ANIMAL SOURCE: Cheddar Cheese, Cows Mile, Egg, Goat Cheese, Sour Cream