Why being a Vegan (a.k.a. a rabbit) creates Vitamin A Deficiency

Published : 19.04.2017 21:53:16
Categories : Nutrition , Vitamins

Vitamin A is an almighty vitamin which is important for general growth & development, eye sight and the immune system. However, it’s source is actually not well known by most people!

No direct vitamin A from vegetables

Leafy green vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes, peppers... these are all foods that most people come up with when asked about sources of Vitamin A. In actual fact, these plants actually provide our bodies with the precursor to vitamin A, known as carotenoids. These are of course important for our body, but we also need to satisfy our vit A needs by consuming pure vitamin A foods, which contains retinol.

Differences between Retinoids and Carotenoids

 

Retinoids

Carotenoids

Source

Animal products

Plant foods

Property

Bio available vitamin A

Vitamin A precursor which needs to be converted

Units

1 unit of retinol

6 units carotenes for 1 unit retinol

True sources of vitamin A foods

  • Cod liver oil (regular and fermented)
  • Butter and cream from grassfed cows
  • Liver from any animal
  • Egg yolks

What about vegans and vegetarians?

I am sorry to be the one to say that plants do not provide the body with enough vitamin A to meet our daily requirements :( Which is one of the reasons I do not recommend a vegan diet, everything needs a balance which is why I recommend a Reducetarian diet. Alternatively, instead of being vegan, you can be a vegetarian allowing you to eat egg yolks and dairy product :)

Fat required to absorb vit A!

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, which means that it is vital to have enough (not too much!) fat in your system for healthy absorption. i.e. people one a low fat diet may experience vit A deficiency.

Never fear, nature is here! Isn’t it a nice coincidence that the heavy source of vit A comes from fatty foods such as egg yolk and butter? Another reason to consume vitamin A naturally and never through synthetic supplements!

Symptoms of vit A deficiency

  • Thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism
  • Mood disorders
  • Skin problems including eczema and acne
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Poor immune system
  • Infertility

Vitamin D helps the body assimilate and use vitamin A

Furthermore, vitamin D (obtained primarily from Superman’s source of power, the sun; a partially from food) prevents toxicity from elevated levels of natural vitamin A.


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