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Persistent Vitamin A Deficiency

Answered on September 13, 2014
Created September 11, 2014 at 2:56 PM

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 (range 300-1200). I've used Nordic Naturals CLO liquid and capsules, Bluebonnet Vitamin A and Country Life Vitamin A. The last two contain mainly retinol and partly beta carotene (which is a useless form, I know). I just ordered Carlson Lab Vitamin A+D as it's pure fish liver oil derived.

I'm lost as to what could cause this. I've heard malabsorption, but wouldn't that also mean all the other fat soluble vitamins wouldn't get properly absorbed? I used to be deficient in Vit D+K+E and zinc and iodine. I've recently done bloodtests and it proved that my VitaminD+K+E and zinc and iodine are in the normal/high range and have been so for a while. Except my Vitamin A, it's right where it was 2 years ago....

I'd like to get my levels up, as I'm almost 2 months pregnant and was already dealing with several auto immune issues. I'm aware how important Vitamin A is in healing from an auto immune disease as well as avoiding any birth defects in the baby :)

Thanks for any help, so appreciated!

 

 

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on September 12, 2014
at 11:07 PM

Unrelated, out of curiosity, did you measure alpha tocopherol, gamma tocopherol, or both?

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on September 12, 2014
at 08:58 PM

Thank you Outsider. Appreciate your input. Will research Vitamin E for this situation.

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on September 12, 2014
at 08:39 PM

I actually don't know. I'm one to go by symptoms, so I didn't even check my levels, but it did help me  with things that I used to solve with vitamin A, such as acne and dandruff. In any event, it's not likely to hurt I think if one doesn't high dose, but considering the delicate situation of a pregnancy, consult with someone knowledgeable should you want to take it.

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on September 12, 2014
at 07:17 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. Would it matter that I've recently seen my blood results come back with normal range Vitamin E? Should I still supplement?

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on September 12, 2014
at 07:04 PM

Rats who supplement vitamin E can store 4.5 times the amount of vitamin A in the liver. I think people who consumed vegetable oils in the past, even if that happened many years ago, have higher vitamin E requirements. The best product I found and the one I use is 4spectrum Vitamin E.

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on September 11, 2014
at 03:16 PM

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

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on September 11, 2014
at 03:34 PM

Thanks for answering. I have always eaten liver with butter and olive oil, so I don't think that's the case. But thanks anyways

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on September 13, 2014
at 01:04 AM

Vitamin D and A both compete for the same receptor - this is why both Vitamin A and D are both toxic in large amounts, but if you take them together, you can avoid toxicity. However, in some folks this receptor is broken - you can get your genome sequenced and look for your VDR TAQ/BSM status.

 

Either that, or you're taking too much D (since you say it's in the high range) or taking D at the same time as A.  I generally take D in the morning and A at night.

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