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Is Vitamin A hard to absorb?

by Joan Brown
(Lakewood, Ohio, USA)


I know which foods are high in Vitamin A but how much of those foods do I need to eat to make sure I am absorbing the proper amount for a 76-year old woman. I just noticed on my hearts of romaine package that a serving has 100% of Vitamin A. But will I absorb that amount? Vitamin A seems to me to be a little tricky. How do I know how much foods containing Vitamin A I can eat in one day?

Any answers will be appreciated.

Thank you.


Thanks for your question, Joan. I've not heard of any problems absorbing vitamin A. You are right that it's really easy to get it from vegan sources because it is so abundant in vegetables, especially those that are yellow and orange colored. It's amazing for helping with our vision and for helping the skin and body tissues to heal, and for nice, strong teeth. It's also a really powerful antioxidant.

There are animal sources that provide vitamin A in the form of retinol. Maybe you are thinking of retinol when you're talking about absorption problems, but I'm not aware of trouble with it either. The plant sources of vitamin A is beta-carotene and it converts in the intestines. It is then stored in the liver, kidneys, and fat for months, so it's hard to become deficient in it.

So, no worries about vitamin A being hard to absorb. I hope that helps.

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what about low vitamin B12
by: Anita

I started my veg diet a year back. Before then I used to take lots of fish eggs and chicken as well as other junk dairy stuffs. I made this veg diet change when my second baby was 5 month old, then after few months I changed to vegan, great thing I felt was losing weight with out any hard work. Now it's almost 5 months I am vegan and I recently started getting pain in my joints. I went to doc and my b12 is very low. I don't want to take any meds or injections. Has anyone else had this issue? I used to talk about veganism to others and now they are all teasing me because I never had any health issues before now.

Re: Absorpition of Vitamin A
by: Joan

Thank you for posting my question regarding absorption of Vitamin A. It's difficult to know what to do sometimes with conflicting information. Below is a link to the website where I found the information regarding the difficulty of absorbing Vitamin A with a plant diet.
I eat a plant based diet and have no intention of doing anything else I just want to be certain I'm getting all of the vitamins I need. Thank you for your help.

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