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by 309 · September 13, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Dear all, I would so appreciate it if anyone would share their thoughts with me. After good paleo diet with lots of liver, egg yolks, grassfed butter and heavy cream, and supplementing for over 2 years, my Vitamin A still comes back at 250... (more)

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glib 0 · September 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

try to always eat the liver together with olive oil or other high fat.

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by 547 · July 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

I live in Iceland and we have canned cod livers (in their own oils) and cod liver pate in all the grocery stores. I've started eating these 115g packs during my pregnancy instead of taking cod liver oil as I found I was unable to tolerate taking... (more)

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by 48 · April 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

http://healthybabycode.com/why-you-cant-get-vitamin-a-from-eating-vegetables I don't quite understand how come? I'm sure not everyone is eating liver? (more)

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paleot 0 · April 10, 2014 at 9:29 PM

"Everyone" is a pretty broad group to be clinically "deficient". From the looks of it, a good amount of the SAD foods are fortified with it, and the grassfed eggs/dairy/meats easily provide a day's supply. So, unless you're avoiding organs /... (more)

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by 48 · March 24, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Hey everyone! So...my body has healed pretty well...except for my keratosis pialris! I inly eat some white ruce now...cause I need a lot of carbs, with my body type and was kind of starving without enough carbs on paleo...I still haven't really... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · March 23, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Depletion varies. If you have a high need for vitamin A (retinol), you can quickly deplete any stores. We do have a limited amount of ability to absorb vitamin A (retinol) and beta carotene. You might consume 1000% of vitamin A (retinol) in a... (more)

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by 0 · January 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I was on accutane for about a year - low dose 20mg. However I have been left with dry eyes and either dry skin or seborrheic dermatitis. I believe it is the latter. Accutane is a form of vitamin A. I read a few things on Vitamin D... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

If anything Accutane appears to ramp up active vitamin D (1,25-dihydroxy) production. I don't think you can draw any conclusions about whether vitamin D treatment will clear Accutane faster than normal.

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by 48 · November 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I'm confused as to how the body functions really. I mean say I am deficient in Vitamin D and A. A deficiency, is from not getting these over time, and since these are fat soluble the body stores them. So say I take 5,000 IU of each a day, but... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · November 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Just normalize your eating, that's all you need to do 99% of the time.

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by 48 · November 22, 2013 at 2:53 AM

I'm REALLY confused about Vitamin A and D. I have keratosis pillars and Acne, which I have been able to control being gluten, dairy, and 80% paleo, and with the help of turmeric, zinc, taking Vitamins, and increasing stomach acid (probiotics... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · November 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Problem is you're trying to consume your vitamin D when the natural thing is to synthesize it yourself.

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by 0 · October 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Wanting to know what the RDA is for Vitamin A in IU measurement if possible. Thanks

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wtfgod 0 · October 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=RDA+for+vitamin+A

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by 0 · October 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/pork-products/2196/2 according to this website, 100g of pork liver has 360% the RDA of vitamin A. would that to be too much to take on a daily basis? (more)

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wtfgod 0 · October 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

i personally wouldnt go that high, if you are, then like others have said you may want to increase your vitamin d intake. D and A are antagonistic so having adequate D will raise the amount of A your body can deal with-without toxicity. but... (more)

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by 115 · October 02, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Hi, I'm working on some of the deficiencies I had (b12, b6, vit a, selenium, zinc, magnesium, potassium), I have successfully got rid of all of them except vit A, I also had B1 tested and that is low as well. My Vit D, calcium and iodine levels... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · October 02, 2013 at 6:02 PM

You're at normal levels, albeit low-normal, now. If you were deficient for a long while, you have no vitamin A stored; none in adipose, none in your liver. Until you fill the stores, you're likely not going to see anything but low-normal amounts... (more)

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by 0 · September 15, 2013 at 1:03 AM

A long time ago I used to take 8,000 IU of Vitamin A daily. This stopped my acne 99% I since stopped taking it because I read about vitamin a toxicity and it scared me haha! Want to be healthy aswell as acne free! So my question is: ... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · September 14, 2013 at 5:27 PM

You're not going to overdose on vitamin A from plant sources. The more you consume, the lower the rate of conversion in the body. Also goes that the conversion from beta carotene to vitamin A is also lower when you already have a high dose of... (more)

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by 45 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Hi Guys, I wanted to know if there is ANY chance of beta-carotene from plant sources? I eat about 2 sweet potatoes, plus carrots per day. Everything I've seen on this seems to say there's no problem with this as any excess beta-carotene is... (more)

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ccorradino 0 · August 16, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Look in the mirror. If your nose is turning orange, put down that carrot. As a small child, a family member used to eat so many carrots she'd have this problem.

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by 215 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I bought a pound of liver yesterday and just over 1/3 pound of it today, but its probably going to go bad in a few days. And, I'm the only one in my family who likes liver. My question is, is it ok to eat 1/3 pound of liver tomorrow and the day... (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · July 31, 2013 at 3:53 AM

Its only a pound, eat the whole thing in one, or two sittings at most.

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I've got 2 questions that are driving me batty because of some conflicting information I'm seeing, and I'm hoping to get some clarity here. 1) I eat wild Alaskan salmon every day - either a can or a 6 oz. filet. Is this too much PUFA? (I avoid... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · June 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM

1) Probably fine, since it is wild-caught. 2) Suggest you try eating 3-4 oz of liver per week and drop the CLO. Cheaper and better for you. Make sure you are getting sufficient K2 and Magnesium via diet. If you stay with the CLO, that amount... (more)

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by 2626 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I've been reading about concerns regarding the ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D (particularly in the context of cod liver oil, but more generally as well -- it might explain the inconsistent findings about vitamin A and harm to health). To my... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · June 15, 2013 at 7:43 PM

be careful with Vitamin A and D.......they are quite misunderstood by most clinicians and researchers. Rarely do we need Vitamin A in supplement form. Read this for some back ground: http://www.jackkruse.com/cpc-6-pseudotumor-cerebri/ (more)

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by 55 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I've heard that Vitamin A helps your body use more of the protein you eat. Is this true? What other vitamins/minerals might be necessary to utilize all the protein in one's diet? Another way to ask this question would be "What vitamins get... (more)

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Ryan_60 0 · June 05, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Personally i would suggest vitamin E! Through research i learnt that vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protect's cell membranes. So if you are eating protein for muscle mass/strength gains then vitamin E will help as it helps recuperate... (more)

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by 777 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Has anyone else experienced sweet potatoes being great for skin conditions? Is the only explanation the high vitamin A? I've had spots come & go on my right cheek for years, nothing massively nasty but consistent none the less, with the... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

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 571 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I've been supplementing with 5000 IU D3 and just read at The Daily Lipid that D may calcificate your soft tissues if you don't have enough A and K. So, should I start drinking cod liver oil for A (I hate liver) and supplementing with K? According... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · February 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM

It's probably a safe bet that you're not producing enough vitamin D via UV exposure that the supplemental D3 isn't going to be problematic. But you could probably take some K2 to hedge your bets... Or get some sun (vitamin D), eat a little... (more)

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by 986 · September 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

I am currently 16 weeks pregnant, and since my crazy cravings and wild nausea are over for the most part, I'd like to start eating properly again. Since my cravings made it impossible to eat well during my first trimester, I relied heavily on a... (more)

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Ryan_36 0 · February 05, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I think since the prenatal supplement has carotene and not retinol, there is no cause for concern. It might give your skin a nice orange glow, but I think I've read that there are no negative effects from consuming "too much" carotene. A quick... (more)

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by 48 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

If my poop is always orange after eating anything with beta carotene, does that mean the Vitamin A isn;t being converted or /and absorbed? cause I know I am Vitamin A deficient because I took too much Vitamin D, but I don't know if I am absorbing... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 05, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Beta-carotene absorption is quite a challenge because it's an extremely water-insoluble compound, which is why it's best consumed with fats. It's probably likely that you're absorbing some of it, but not all, that's what most people do. Most... (more)

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by 1772 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Hey, I've read that coconut reduces our need for vitamin E. Is there any evidence showing that it also reduces our need for vitamin A? Thank you.

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Mscott 0 · December 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM

There's some evidence, yeah. "Synthetic diets containing 15% (w/v) fish oil or coconut oil were used to feed growing rats for 4 weeks...in fish oil fed animals, there was also a decrease in vitamin E and A... (more)

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by 10994 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

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 609 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I typically eat up to 5 eggs a day with my breakfast, for lunch I often have tuna and a can of cod liver in it's own oil (4tbsp worth of oil along with the liver) And some kind of meat (factory farmed chicken, fish, or beef) along with whatever is... (more)

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scottts 0 · January 03, 2013 at 2:52 PM

The important thing to remember is that you should have a balance between A and D. The Perfect Health Diet latest book indicates about 2.5:1 A to D. WAPF indicates a higher ratio. I trust the PHD recommendation. Further, its EXTREMELY... (more)