How to Get More Vitamin A in Your Diet | Kretschmer Wheat Germ
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How to Get More Vitamin A in Your Diet

Kale and vegetablesFall is the perfect time to store up your vitamin A: Pumpkins, butternut squash and leafy greens like kale, collards and spinach are all rich in vitamin A. Our homemade Butternut Squash Soup with Wheat Germ is a great place to start when you want a delicious vitamin
A–dense dish with the added benefits of wheat germ.

Vitamin A plays a vital role in our bodies, and without enough of it, we can’t function normally. Like vitamins D, E and K, vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin stored in fat tissues and the liver until our bodies need it. It plays a big part in eyesight and is particularly beneficial to night vision, so load up before trick-or-treating on Halloween! It also helps you distinguish shades of color from bright to dark and helps your body fight infections by stimulating the production of white blood cells.

We get vitamin A from our diet in two forms: preformed vitamin A (retinol and in esterified form, retinyl ester) and provitamin A carotenoids. Preformed vitamin A is found in supplements and foods from animal sources, including dairy products such as milk fortified with vitamin A, fish and meat, especially liver. The most important provitamin A carotenoid is beta carotene, found in orange fruits and vegetables such as cantaloupe, carrots and sweet potatoes and dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, collards and spinach. The body converts these plant pigments into vitamin A.

While it’s not good to get too little vitamin A, the same can be said for getting too much preformed vitamin A (retinol) from dietary supplements. Beta-carotene, however, is nontoxic even at high levels, so indulge in your leafy greens and orange-colored fruits and vegetables.

For more delicious recipes rich in vitamin A, check out our Lentil Salad with Kretschmer Wheat Germ and Pumpkin Pie with Wheat Germ Crust.

How do you add vitamin A to your diet?