Most multivitamins contain Vitamin A in the form of vitamin A palmitate. This is a synthetic version that has it’s potential negatives. You will find this synthetic Vitamin A added to low fat or skim milks. That is because they need to replace the natural Vitamin A lost when they remove the Oz Vitamins Better Sleep Supplement milk fat. You will also find Vitamin A palmitate in many processed foods such as cereals “fortified” with synthetic vitamin A palmitate.
It is very important to note that Synthetic vitamin A palmitate is toxic in large doses. If you read labels and look out for specific foods it is not hard to stay away from anything containing synthetic Vitamin A as much as possible.
For instance, if you eat a lot of cereal combined with low-fat or fat-free milk and other “fortified” foods, or synthetic vitamin pills, you can possibly be overdosing on this potentially harmful synthetic vitamin A. It is also important to be aware that despite being marketed as “health” foods there’s not really much healthy about some cereals!
Retinol is the natural Vitamin A it comes only from animal sources such as; organ meats, cod liver oil, animal liver, some other animal sources, and in lesser amounts in; butter, eggs, and milk fat. It is important to note that you can overdose Vitamin A when you overeat large quantities of liver or large doses of cod liver oil. Although overdosing on this natural form is safer than the synthetic vitamin A.
Another form of Vitamin A is beta-carotene. However, beta-carotene is NOT vitamin A, it’s actually a precursor to Vitamin A. What this means is that your body needs to convert it to vitamin A.
Beta-carotene is one of the safest forms of Vitamin A, since your body will only convert the amount that it actually needs. You get healthy quantities of beta-carotene in; carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, butternut squash, red peppers, and other colorful fruits and veggies. These are the foods you should overdose on.