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by 0 · 3 minutes ago

Supposedly Vitamin A can be toxic to the liver if taken in excess. Except in the form of beta-carotene. This had me nervous because I'm currently eating 2 sweet potatoes along with 6 cups of chopped broccoli a day. I've been doing this for months.... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · April 07, 2013 at 2:52 AM

Beta carotene is pro-vitamin A, meaning, no vitamin A activity until the body converts it to a useable form. It's impossible to overdose on beta carotene because our bodies will simply reduce the conversion to next to nothing in the case of large... (more)

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by 84 · 5 minutes ago

In Sweden we have this corrupt authority on nutrition called "Livsmedelsverket". I think it's the equivalent of the FDA. Anyway, they recommend pregnant women to avoid eating liver because of it's high contents of vitamin A. Would this be true... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · March 05, 2013 at 3:46 PM

I'm currently 33 weeks pregnant and have been eating 2 to 4 oz. of liver once or twice a week the entire time. My labs show no elevated levels.

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by 10994 · 11 minutes ago

Is anyone here supplementing with hefty amounts of the fat soluble vitamins A (Retinol) D3 and K2-MK-4 (Activator-X)? I know that Weston Price emphasizes this as rather important and I know that Vitamins A and D up-regulate the opposites... (more)

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The_Paleo_Nurse 0 · December 07, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I use Green Pastures cod liver oil and butter oil. I'm not sure what you would consider large amounts, but I take a few teaspoons of each daily. I believe in the WAPF position on vitamin A and D. And I believe that the cod liver oil helps with... (more)

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by 432 · 12 minutes ago

Drinking them side by side, the marriage of the RAW vitamin A and D is perfection, no? And the ceviche preparation of the salmon reduces the risk of parasites (primarily tapeworm).

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by 32518 · 16 minutes ago

A slightly different take on the question than this one: http://paleohacks.com/questions/1096/cod-liver-oil-and-vitamin-a-are-toxic#axzz25bPKjtWe I keep seeing folks recommending Cod Liver Oil (fermented CLO is especially popular) and wonder if... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · September 05, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Seems to me that some folks do push the limit on Vitamin A/retinol, via supplementation with isolates or foods. I know that many point to the poor conversion of BC to VA. The studies I've seen that show low-responders to BC also show that they... (more)

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by 289 · 17 minutes ago

A couple of weeks ago I started adding liver back into my diet mainly sheep's liver and I started to notice my improvements inside the gym and my recovery time was faster as well. I was just wondering anyone experience the same thing on organ food... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · August 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

3-4 oz a week of liver are fine for me, probably almost double that for you due to your higher bodyweight. I disagree with the WAPF that we need any more than ~10,000 IUs/day of retinol for good health. We evolved with a higher ratio of D to A. ... (more)

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by 155 · 19 minutes ago

I am an Orthodontist who is researching into the aetiology (UK spelling) of malocclusion- cause of crooked teeth and jaws, I've been asked to present at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Harvard next Sat AM. Before I start expounding on why I... (more)

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John_Sorrentino 0 · August 05, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Great question. We tackled that problem at this NESCent meeting last March. http://www.nescent.org/cal/calendar_detail.php?id=784 The Anthropologists showed us that there was a <5% malocclusion in per-agricultural skulls. We speculated that... (more)

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by 5828 · 20 minutes ago

I've been enjoying a lot of seafood/fish lately (clams, mussels, salmon, sardines, herring come to mind.) Aside from the concerns about mercury and BPA in the cans, and the junk oils that come in some canned seafood, should I be concerned about... (more)

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Monte 0 · July 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

All you'll ever need to know: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/11/is-vitamin-toxicity-concern.html http://www.westonaprice.org/fat-soluble-activators/vitamin-a-on-trial !!!Spoiler Alert!!! In it's natural setting, with natural... (more)

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by 5 · 23 minutes ago

Can anyone give advice on how to get good vitamin A supplements and/or retinol supplements? I am 24 and have struggled with acne since age 12. I have gone through nearly treatment with disappointing results (topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics,... (more)

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Roth 0 · June 21, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Your logic should be to fix up your diet and lifestyle. Eat liver if you want a good source of Vitamin A. Not "if Vit A doesn't work, I'll go on one of the most toxic prescription drugs ever created by humans." (more)

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by 1017 · 23 minutes ago

I've read in numerous places that people have success with high doses of vitamin A keeping their skin clear. I've also read in a lot of places that it's dangerous, but have never read of any cases where people actually suffered problems due to... (more)

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YoungPaleoLover 0 · June 14, 2012 at 5:35 PM

My mom is a dermatologist and yes it definitely works. If you have ever heard of the drug Accutane, that is all it is- high doses of vitamin A. The side effects could be large with this drug but mostly because the doses were like 5x what you are... (more)

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by 605 · 26 minutes ago

What were your experiences? Would you recommend keeping your diet on the low, so as to avoid arguments with medical staff? Would you ever mention that you eat liver or take cod liver oil (given the fear of Vitamin A), or mention that you're... (more)

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Gazelle 0 · May 10, 2012 at 5:32 AM

I nodded and smiled with my midwife a bit. I think I mentioned that I avoided gluten, sugar and "junk" which was fine with her! She trusted me when I told her I was taking a "prenatal", though I didn't mention it didn't contain DHA and I was... (more)

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by 824 · 26 minutes ago

I came across this article in the newspaper a few days ago about the dangers of excess beta-carotene. http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/News/2012/05/Potential--Dark-Side--Found-for-Diets-High-in-Beta-carotene/ I eat large amounts sweet... (more)

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Heather_15 0 · May 06, 2012 at 2:00 AM

I'm going to have to look into this more, try to find what studies they're basing their conclusions on. It was my understanding that the cancer-causing beta-carotene was the one found in vitamins, NOT whole foods. This paragraph from the article... (more)

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by 0 · 27 minutes ago

Hello! I dont have access to high vitamin cod liver oil, the one im taking (Nordic Naturals/Child Life) does not contain the recommended amounts of vitamin A as per Weston A Price Foundation. So i decided to add additional Vitamin A through... (more)

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Don_1 0 · April 30, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Eat beef Liver for vit A. Cut it into small cubes, freeze, and swallow whole if you don't like the taste. Personally I would not suppliment synthetic vit A.

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by 5 · 28 minutes ago

In looking for a good cod liver oil, I saw one user here reccomend Barleans (Travis - you know who you are). Because they don't add synthetic vitamin A like some manufacturers do, they won't specify an amount, only a range (0 to 2200 iu). Since... (more)

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Wowza 0 · April 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM

This is why I take Green Pastures CLO - I love that they offer test data: http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/TestData/index.cfm Of course as a natural product, there will be some variation batch to batch, but here at least you have some... (more)

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by 870 · 29 minutes ago

I'm trying to start a low FODMAPs diet to try to help improve my gut health. My vegetables will mainly consist of collards, kale, spinach and swiss chard. I noticed these have large amounts of Vitamin A and K. Can this cause any problems? I'm also... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · March 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Beta carotene, as found in plants, does not cause hypervitaminosis A. We only convert what beta-carotene we need to vitamin A. You might start to turn orange from all the beta carotene though. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Carotene (more)

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by 6229 · 30 minutes ago

I know correlation doesn't = causation but ... I can't get into the original article because it hasn't been published yet, so maybe I just have to wait. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22377763 J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Mar 1. doi:... (more)

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Jay_9 0 · March 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Another potential example of synergism. Most cancers may well just be caused by a deficiency in fat soluble vitamins...

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by 396 · 32 minutes ago

Liver is a nutritional powerhouse, a great source of many vitamins and minerals. In particular, it's full of vitamin A. It's something I'd love to include in my diet. I've tried cooking grass-fed beef liver a few times, but unfortunately, at... (more)

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Joshua_1 0 · February 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

You could always choke down some Cod Liver Oil - I get a ton of Vitamin A and D from that. One shotglass is 2 tablespoons - which is insanely high in Vitamin A. I still eat liver, when I can get it. On the weeks where I get good liver, I just... (more)

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by 134 · 34 minutes ago

Hello! Just purchased calf liver and eating it at the moment. I've tried it another time and couldn't finish it. This one tastes much better and I could easily include this weekly in my diet. Why I want it in my diet is for my skin problems... (more)

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greymouser 0 · February 01, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I make p??t?? about once a week from various animals livers (usually grab ~1lb of something pastured at the weekend farmer's market): cow, lamb, goat, pig, chicken, duck, etc. I then enjoy the p??t?? throughout the week, as a side, topping, or... (more)

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by 1786 · 34 minutes ago

what would be the current best practices for an individual looking to optimize their fat soluble vitamin intake? what are the best blood tests? would you start with knowing d levels and then tweak a & k based on d? i hear an a:d ratio of... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · January 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I go by how I feel. I do get my D tested once a year and simply make sure I eat a variety of animal foods so I get a reasonable supply of A & K (liver and pastured butter do the trick!) I also supplement 200-400 mg of Magnesium citrate.... (more)

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by 557 · 36 minutes ago

Sweet potatoes have a ton of beta carotene. Is beta carotene fat soluble like retinol? Is there any danger of eating too much beta carotene? thanks

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primallykosher 0 · January 09, 2012 at 7:20 PM

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by 384 · about 1 hour ago

I wanted to see what the Hackers think of my supplements. One caveat: I take 100 mcg of Synthroid daily, as I was diagnosed when my TSH was 171. Beyond that, I take: Bluebonnet Vitamin A and D3, (25,000 i.u. and 1000 i.u respectively) which is... (more)

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Householder 0 · August 20, 2011 at 3:32 PM

At least my diet is very high in vitamin A with all the sweet potatoes, grass fed butter, free range eggs and especially organ meats I eat. This would seem typical for most paleo advocates as well. With that said, I don't think a vitamin A... (more)

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by 8933 · about 1 hour ago

I was diagnosed with a severe vitamin D deficiency after a harsh winter (slept during the day because I participated in a contest to win a car. I won the car, I lost my health, and basically all the rest too) : my level was 9. I know there's A... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · August 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Lots of great info at the Vitamin D Council. My n=1 experience was that supplementing a bit over the suggested maintenance dose of 1,000 IUs of D3 per 25 lbs of body weight got me up to high sufficiency in a year. I took 8,000 IUs. Less would... (more)

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by 1377 · about 1 hour ago

I've been reading up a bunch on using cod liver oil to supplement vitamin D in the winter, and I had a question about vitamin A:D ratios. The WAPF states that the ratio of Vitamin A to D in supplements should be around 5:1. Trouble is, no one's... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · August 14, 2011 at 2:53 AM

I understand where you are coming from, but I'm not so sure about those ratios (5:1). I've read both WAPF's stance and the Vitamin D Council's and it just does not make any sense to me that we would have evolved with a higher daily A to D... (more)

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by 10919 · about 1 hour ago

Until now my 6 month old has been getting Carlson Vitamin D drops daily (400 iu, sometimes on days we don't get any sunshine I'll give him 800iu.) He's still 95% breastfed. He does like to gnaw on Meaty bones and occasionally eats a little green... (more)

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Lizzish 0 · June 18, 2011 at 4:43 AM

We started our little one on fermented cod liver oil as soon as a dear friend told me to google "Weston Price" (when he was about 1). I can't find a definitive answer about the A:D ratio, so I just add a drop of Vitamin D to his fclo/high vitamin... (more)

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by 20787 · about 1 hour ago

Why are sweet potatoes supposed to be so much better than regular potatoes? So far, the only significant thing I see is that sweet potatoes have a lot more vitamin A, but since I already get megatons of vitamin A from other foods, I'd really... (more)

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Stephen_Aegis 0 · January 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I eat both. White Potatoes require more prep. Glycoalkaloids are why you can't eat white potatoes raw. It's why green white potatoes are scary. Absolutely always peel your white potatoes. Sweet potatoes(not yams, yams have their own prep)... (more)

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