True Vitamin A Foods

  1. Carrots
  2. Sweet potatoes
  3. Dark leafy greens
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Bell peppers

Although taken for granted as ideal vitamin A foods, these plants provide only the precursor to vitamin A, carotenoids. Interestingly, we need to be consuming true vitamin A foods, foods containing retinol, to meet our vitamin A requirements.

True Vitamin A Foods

Liver from any animal, enjoy pasture-raised liver 2-3 times per week or take desiccated liver capsules daily
Fermented Cod Liver Oil, which is higher in vitamins (I recommend the Cinnamon Tingle flavor).

Regular Cod Liver Oil,  if the fermented option cannot be purchased. (However, there is some controversy that this cod liver oil is now stripped of the naturally-occurring vitamins during processing.)

Egg yolks from hens foraging in pasture, ideally enjoy 2-4 egg yolks per day .

Butter from grassfed cows.

Heavy cream from grassfed cows.

Without a doubt, regular consumption of pasture-rasied liver is the most effective way to consume optimal levels of this vitamin. Men, women, children, and infants should consume liver on a bi-weekly basis. If you don’t enjoy eating liver or liver pate,  desiccated liver capsules are a nonnegotiable supplement for overall health and hormone balance.

Only certain vitamin A foods provide the body with useable vitamin A. And it’s not carrots!

Vitamin A Foods for Vegetarians and Vegans

As you can see, true vitamin A foods come from animal sources. A vegan diet simply does not provide the body with adequate vitamin A for optimal health. A vegan diet also reduces thyroid function and bile release, which drastically compromises the already poor carotene-to-cartenoid conversion.

A vegetarian may be able to meet daily vitamin A requirements by emphasizing pastured egg yolks and grassfed dairy products.Liver is the best source of vitamin A and, gram-for-gram, the most nutrient-dense food.



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