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Vitamin A

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.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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