The vital Vitamin A

Water-soluble nutrients called carotenes are not true vitamin A. Carotenes are found in foods like carrots, squash, and green vegetables. Fat-soluble vitamin A is retinol and is only found in animal fats. When we are healthy our bodies can make the difficult conversion of carotenes into retinol. Depending on the fat-soluble vitamin A status in your body, you made need to consume 10-20 times more carotenes to create the same amount of true vitamin A.

Vitamin A is a family of fat-soluble compounds that plays an important role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, proper prenatal development and cell differentiation. Vitamin A is important for healthy bones and together with vitamin D stimulates and regulates bone growth.

Vitamin A lowers blood serum calcium. This is an indication that vitamin A is helping your body utilize calcium. Vitamin A increases growth factors, which stimulate bones and teeth to grow and repair.

Large doses of vitamin A can be toxic. However, any negative effects of vitamin A seem to be blocked when sufficient vitamin D is in the diet. Therefore, if you eat a lot of liver from land animals, make sure you are getting plenty of sunlight or vitamin D to prevent vitamin A toxicity.

In examining this list, you will see that liver is the most concentrated source of fat-soluble vitamin A:

Food Vitamin A Amount in IU
Blue Ice™ fermented cod liver oil 1 teaspoon 7,500-25,000
Turkey Liver3.5 ounces 75,000
Duck Liver3.5 ounces 40,000
Beef Liver3.5 ounces 35,000
Chicken Liver3.5 ounces 13,328
Eel3.5 ounces 3477
Hard Goat’s Cheese3.5 ounces 1745
Soft Goat’s Cheese3.5 ounces 1464
Duck Egg1 egg 472
King Salmon3.5 ounces 453
Ghee1 tablespoon 391
Butter1 tablespoon 350
X-Factor Gold™ high vitamin butter oil1 teaspoon 200-450
Egg Yolk1½ yolks 333
Whole Milk1 cup 249

Vitamins A and D from Foods

In a modern diet, many people are highly deficient in vitamins A and D. As a rough average as established by Dr Price, one should aim for least 2,500 IU’s of vitamin D per day, and at least 6,000 IU’s of vitamin A.

One can obtain these fat-soluble vitamins either from food, from cod liver oil, or from both.

When vitamins A and D are taken together they are not toxic. The most potent and easy way to consume the fat-soluble vitamins A and D together is cod liver oil. One teaspoonful of good cod liver oil has the vitamin A equivalent to 5½ quarts of milk, or 1 pound of butter, or 9 eggs.

Dr. Price described an experiment that shows the potency of cod liver oil in remineralizing teeth which was reported in The New Zealand Dental Journal. In a group of sixty-six native girls the thirty-three with the best teeth were used as a control group. The remaining thirty-three were given the additional fat-soluble vitamins A and D in the form of two teaspoons of cod liver oil per day. The diet of both the control group and the test group was otherwise the same.

In six months’ time the group taking cod liver oil was 41.75 per cent more resistant to tooth cavities than the previously more immune control group not taking cod liver oil.

We will examine the miracles of cod liver oil in detail in the next articles.

The vital Vitamin A