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How much Vitamin A / Where to get it

Answered on February 13, 2014
Created February 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

To cut a long story short I was on low dose accutane for about a year and have had side effects such as dry scalp (or seb derm) and dry rough facial skin with lots of flaking (possibly seb derm)

Anyway after researching for months I have found out that alot of Accutane side effects are symptoms of Vitamin A deficency. At first this seems strange, as Accutane is related to vitamin A. However it is generally thought that Accutane pushes out most of the vitamin A in the form of retinol e.t.c. and replaces it with itself. Acctuane lowers Vitamin E and Biotin levels also.

So basically what Im doing at the moment is supplementing with Vitamin D 10,000 to 20,000 a day (as A and D compete) Vitamin K, Vitamin E, MSM, Biotin & Milk Thistle. Also drinking lots of water.

Im looking to have more Vitamin A in my diet to effectivly push the Accutane out of my body and correct the balance.

Where can I get good supplements/sources of Vitamin A from?

Thanks in advance!

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on February 12, 2014
at 10:25 PM

Sweet potatoes topped with grass-fed butter, sour cream and olive oil!

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on February 12, 2014
at 10:23 PM

Yes, without fat, it is much less efficiently absorbed.

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on February 12, 2014
at 07:53 PM

Too much retinol causes hypervitaminosis A like I mentioned above, adding an excess of vitamin D doesn't help, as it is likely to cause hypervitaminosis D (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_D) which is also very unhealthy. Fat soluble vitamin overdose is dangerous since the body has a very difficult time getting rid of excess lipophilic vitamins (not an issue with water soluble vitamins like C and Bs).

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 12, 2014
at 07:49 PM

Roast sweet potatoes with squash and carrots is the way to go! http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Roasted-Butternut-Squash-and-Sweet-Potato-Soup-473387

Kiss that deficiency goodbye!

Disclaimer: not low-carb, take out sweet potatoes and substitute more squash to bring down carbs.

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on February 12, 2014
at 07:37 PM

I'm not saying veggies won't give you any Vitamin A, but they will not provide the therapeutic amount JM63 is looking for. Also, Vitamin A toxicity from natural food sources is unlikely, because it's naturally balanced with other essential vitamins and nutrients, especially Vitamin D which protects your body against A overload.

http://empoweredsustenance.com/true-vitamin-a-foods/

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on February 12, 2014
at 06:51 PM

While you are correct that the form of Vitamin A that the body uses is retinol, it is perfectly capable of converting beta carotene into usable Vitamin A; saying that eating vegetables isn't going to give you enough is flat out wrong. Furthermore, unlike retinol, beta-carotene does not have the potential to cause overdose, whereas retinol can lead to hypervitaminosis A (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_A) if over-consumed (easy to do when eating a lot of liver and cod liver oil).

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on February 13, 2014
at 01:20 PM

Eat normally and allow for time to recover/detox/heal. No need to come up with some wacky supplementation scheme and diet to fix your problems. Real food is sufficient and time helps.

Your supplementation scheme is most effective on your wallet.

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on February 12, 2014
at 10:11 PM

see, carrot juice is exactly the wrong thing. No fats present, no beta carotene is absorbed. Carrot juice with olive oil maybe. And sweet potatoes roasted in fat.

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on February 12, 2014
at 10:25 PM

Sweet potatoes topped with grass-fed butter, sour cream and olive oil!

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 12, 2014
at 10:23 PM

Yes, without fat, it is much less efficiently absorbed.

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on February 12, 2014
at 07:00 PM

Sweet potatoes, organic carrot juice!

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 12, 2014
at 07:49 PM

Roast sweet potatoes with squash and carrots is the way to go! http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Roasted-Butternut-Squash-and-Sweet-Potato-Soup-473387

Kiss that deficiency goodbye!

Disclaimer: not low-carb, take out sweet potatoes and substitute more squash to bring down carbs.

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on February 12, 2014
at 06:43 PM

You mostly need your Vitamin A in the form of retinol so your beta-carotene rich veggies aren't going to give you enough. Definitely liver, grass-fed butter and ghee, and I'd recommend fermented cod-liver oil. That will give you tons of A and D, and if you get the cod liver and butter oil blend, you'll also get plenty of Vitamin K.

http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/CodLiverOil/index.cfm

Fcad3189491e82f53309ba124d9d6543

on February 12, 2014
at 07:37 PM

I'm not saying veggies won't give you any Vitamin A, but they will not provide the therapeutic amount JM63 is looking for. Also, Vitamin A toxicity from natural food sources is unlikely, because it's naturally balanced with other essential vitamins and nutrients, especially Vitamin D which protects your body against A overload.

http://empoweredsustenance.com/true-vitamin-a-foods/

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 12, 2014
at 06:51 PM

While you are correct that the form of Vitamin A that the body uses is retinol, it is perfectly capable of converting beta carotene into usable Vitamin A; saying that eating vegetables isn't going to give you enough is flat out wrong. Furthermore, unlike retinol, beta-carotene does not have the potential to cause overdose, whereas retinol can lead to hypervitaminosis A (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_A) if over-consumed (easy to do when eating a lot of liver and cod liver oil).

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Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 12, 2014
at 04:23 PM

Vitamin A, huh? Easy. Liver (beef or calf, pork, lamb, chicken, duck, etc) and liverwurst, carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach and squashes (the ones with yellow/orange flesh). And don't forget to eat them with some fat for better absorption, butter is preferred as it has some vitamin A content of its own, but olive oil or lard would do just fine as well.

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