The vision vitamin
How much do I need?
Below are the current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) established by the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine).
- Infants 0 - 6 months - 400 mcg
- Infants 7 - 12 months - 500 mcg
- Children 1 - 3 years - 300 mcg
- Children 4 - 8 years - 400 mcg
- Boys and Girls 9 - 13 years - 600 mcg
- Teenagers 14 - 18 years - 55 mcg
- Men 18 years and older - 900 mcg
- Women 18 years and older 700 mcg
- Pregnant Women 14 - 50 years - 750 mcg
- While Breastfeeding 14 - 18 years - 1,200 mcg
- While Breastfeeding 19 - 50 years - 1,300 mcg
Why we include it:
Vitamin A is an important nutrient for eye health. We include vitamin A as a 50/50 Beta-Carotene/Retinyl Palmitate mix to support eyesight.* With this premium form your body will only convert beta carotene to vitamin A, based on your individual levels.
Vitamin A can also help build strong bones and teeth, support the immune system and help in the development of night vision.* You can find vitamin A in almost all SmartyPants multifunctional formulas.
Where can I get it?
Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene comes primarily comes from fruits and vegetables. The more useable form of vitamin A, retinol, comes only from animal products:
- 3 oz chicken liver – 4,255 IU
- 3 oz tuna – 2,142 IU
- 2 Tbs butter – 700 IU
- 2 eggs – 500 IU
- ½ cup sweet potato – 19,218 IU
- ½ cup carrots – 13,286 IU
- 1 cup kale – 17,707 IU
- 1/2 cup butternut squash – 11,434 IU
We recommend you seek the advice of your pediatrician or primary care provider before making changes to you or your child’s nutrient intake.