Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is important for healthy vision, reproduction, and keeps the immune system strong. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs in the body to work properly. Below is a chart of the 15 highest sources of vitamin A list.
There are two main types of vitamin A, preformed vitamin A and provitamin A. Preformed vitamin A is found in meat, poultry, fish and dairy products while provitamin A is found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and other crops. The most common type of provitamin A found in food is called beta carotene.
15 Highest Sources Of Vitamin A List
|2||100 g||Beef liver||359%|
|4||100 g||Sweet potatoes||283%|
|5||1TBS||Cod Liver Oil||272%|
|6||100 g||Butternut Squash||212%|
|7||100 g||Dandelion Greens||203%|
|12||100 g||Swiss Chard||122%|
|14||100 g||Collard Greens||100%|
|15||100 g||Common Sage||117%|
Symptoms of vitamin A deficiency
- Night blindness
- Vision loss
- Corneal ulcers
- Lowers the immune system
- Drying and scaling of the skin
- Thickening of the skin
- Urinary tract infections
- Respiratory infections
Facts about vitamin A
- According to the world health organization, vitamin A deficiency is a public health problem in more than half of all countries, especially in south-east Asia and affects mostly young children and pregnant women in low-income countries.
- Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness in children.
- An estimated 200.000 to 500.000 children worldwide become blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency and nearly half of them die within 12 months of losing their sight.
- In developing countries, vitamin A deficiency typically begins during infancy, when infants do not receive adequate supplies of colostrum or breast milk.
- Chronic diarrhea also leads to excessive loss of vitamin A in young children, and vitamin A deficiency increases the risk of diarrhea.
- Vitamin A deficiency also increases the severity and mortality risk of infections (particularly diarrhea and measles) even before the onset of xerophthalmia.