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The top 10 food sources for Preformed Vitamin A

Sweet potato pie is high in Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is not one specific vitamin but rather a group of fat-soluble retinoids. This group can further be divided into two forms of Vitamin A: Preformed Vitamin A and Provitamin A Carotenoids.

Provitamin A Carotenoids are derived from vegetables and fruits while Preformed Vitamin A is derived from animal sources, including meat, liver, fish and dairy products like milk, eggs and cheese.

Preformed Vitamin A is essential in the human diet, needed by everyone. Certain health benefits can only be attained through this form of Vitamin A, and are especially important during pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and early childhood. Vision, red blood cell production and the immune system are all dependent on adequate Preformed Vitamin A stores in the liver.

Following is a list of top ten sources of Preformed Vitamin A. What may surprise you, if you have been paying attention to what has been written , is that out of the 10 only 1 comes from an animal source. The reason for this is that most people’s bodies are able to convert the Provitamin A found in vegetables into Preformed Vitamin A. So unless you know that your body can not do this, the following list provides adequate examples of sources for Preformed Vitamin A, as well as Provitamin A.

1.   A whole sweet potato, baked in its skin.
2.   85 grams of beef liver, pan fried.
3.   1/2 a cup of fresh spinach, boiled.
4.   1/2 a cup of carrots, raw.
5.   1 piece of pumpkin pie.
6.   1/2 a cup of cantaloupe, raw.
7.   1/2 a cup of peppers, preferably sweet and raw.
8.   1 whole mango, raw.
9.   1 cup of black-eyed peas, boiled.
10.  10 halves of dried apricots, sulfured.

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