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Q&A with SPB: Vitamin A

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 10:25 AM
Give me an A!!

Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication . Vitamin A also supports cell growth and plays a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.

Most fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin A have yellow or orange-colored flesh. (We looked up bananas in class - they don't count! Sorry if you are banana lover - check them off in the fruit box if you are using a nutrition tracking sheet). Other sources of Vitamin A are meat and eggs. You can check the list on THIS page for foods that have Vitamin A.

Find a pregnancy nutrition tracking sheet HERE 

One of the biggest advantages Dr. Brewer saw in Vitamin A was in its role in preventing infection. During pregnancy, when the pressure of the growing uterus on the bladder is constant, extra Vitamin A helps protect you against bladder and kidney infection and is also good for the skin.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, so be sure to eat lots of good fats and oils to help your body use this nutrient.  One common question is "can I overdose"?  Again, quotes from the same article referenced above

"Although excess preformed vitamin A can have significant toxicity (known as hypervitaminosis A), large amounts of beta-carotene and other provitamin A carotenoids are not associated with major adverse effects"

"Preformed vitamin A is found in foods from animal sources, including dairy products, fish, and meat (especially liver). By far the most important provitamin A carotenoid is beta-carotene;"

Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially bright yellow, orange, and red colored vegetables.  In short, if your source of Vitamin A is plant-based, you are not likely to consume more than your body can use. 
Vitamin A Info Sheet:
Top 10 List from Healthaliciousness

The material included in this blog and video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
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Categories: Nutrition, Pregnancy, Q&A with SPB

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