Vitamin A

The vision vitamin

Why we need it

  • Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skin, and skeletal and soft tissue*
  • The form of vitamin A known as retinol is critical for promoting good vision*
  • Acts as an antioxidant that protects your cells against the effects of free radicals*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How much do I need?

Current recommended daily intake (RDI) for Vitamin A is 5,000 IU for adults and children over the age of 4, and 2,500 IU for children ages 3 and younger.

Why we include it:

To use the plant form of vitamin A, beta-carotene, our bodies must first convert it into retinol1 – the form of vitamin A found exclusively in animal products. We choose to include the retinol form of vitamin A in SmartyPants because we know many people don’t eat animal products, but they shouldn’t have to miss out on this form of vitamin A – which is much easier for our bodies to use. We use retinyl palmitate because it is the form our bodies use to store Vitamin A in skin and tissue.

Where can I get it?

Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene comes primarily comes from fruits and vegetables. The more useable form of vitamin A, retinol, comes only from animal products:

  • 3 oz chicken liver – 4,255 IU
  • 3 oz tuna – 2,142 IU
  • 2 Tbs butter – 700 IU
  • 2 eggs – 500 IU
  • ½ cup sweet potato – 19,218 IU
  • ½ cup carrots – 13,286 IU
  • 1 cup kale – 17,707 IU
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash – 11,434 IU

We recommend you seek the advice of your pediatrician or primary care provider before making changes to you or your child’s nutrient intake.

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