Vitamin A or Beta Carotene Supplements?
A customer wanted to talk to me today about the amount of vitamin A she was consuming daily. She had just read an article that talked about vitamin A being toxic in the body. She took a multi vitamin and she said she ate a lot of vegetables that had vitamin A in them.
Her multi vitamin had 50 IU’s of vitamin A which is around 500% of the daily value. I assured her that this was still a low dose since the recommended dose is usually 400 IU’s a day. Still not convinced, I pointed out that the vitamin A came from beta carotene which you cannot overdose on.
Beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A. The liver will make vitamin A from beta carotene, but only as much as the body needs. Beta carotene in supplements usually comes from carrots. The only problem with taking large doses of beta carotene is your skin will start to take on an orange tint. This orange skin color will disappear when the dose is lowered.
So, if you are thinking of taking vitamin A but have doubts about the safety of it, you should choose beta carotene.