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Struggling to fix vitamin A deficiency

Answered on October 02, 2013
Created October 02, 2013 at 10:21 AM

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 were quite high. I have been taking 6000IU of vit A in form of palminate in emulsified drops. I also take fermented cod liver oil butter oil blend daily (teaspoon a day) and eat organ meats on daily basis. I should see my vit A go up, but instead in the 4 months on clean autoimmune protocol paleo diet it went down from 51 to 45 (43-111). Any advice?

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:49 PM

Condescending? It seemed more like he was just trying to help you. I found nothing problematic in his comment.

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on October 02, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Hell yeah I could be more condescending. There are folks who get hung up on lab numbers which can largely be meaningless if there's no apparent problems. I was asking if this was the case or not (jury is still out if that's the case here or not). You say you have vitamin A level of 45 and I assume 43-111 are reference values for a normal range. So that's the low-end of normal… are you sure the problem you attribute to vitamin A deficiency really is due to low vitamin A?

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on October 02, 2013
at 12:42 PM

could you be more condescending? yes going by the labs to track the progress, and yes I have other reason to suspect it.

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on October 02, 2013
at 11:27 AM

Living and dying by lab numbers or do you have a reason to suspect you are vitamin A deficient?

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on October 02, 2013
at 06:02 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 of circulation.

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Vitamin A requires Vitamin E which protects it from being oxidized. You might try adding a Vitamin E supplement.

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