Fertility Foods

From Supplements to Food: Vitamin A

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Today’s Focus is: Vitamin A.

I began with this vitamin because Vitamin A is a great part of a fertility diet and can help to get you pregnant! It also helps to increase cervical mucus and assists in egg maturation. In the mid-1900s, Dr. Weston Price noted that the indigenous cultures that ate the most vitamin A-rich diets had the highest fertility rates. There are also some interesting studies done on mice which show that an addition of vitamin A can assist in fertility.

So let’s get to know this lovely vitamin!

Vitamin A is broken up into animal and non-animal forms, retinol and beta carotene. Depending on where you find your information daily requirements range from 700-10,000 IU.  If you ask my Chinese Doctor he will question any reference point (RDA) as he believes that our bodies cannot be measured in this sort of way. He also doesn’t believe in taking vitamins or minerals. I love him.

Important to note that because vitamin A comes from both plants and animals, the body uses and converts it differently; so I can eat much more, say, carrots then liver without potentially “overdosing.”  Some studies say the body has to eat multiple times the amount of beta carotene as retinol to obtain useable forms of this vitamin. Others disagree. To keep safe, I get this vitamin from both forms.

Foods which naturally contain Vitamin A: grass fed butter, eggs, liver, carrots, red peppers, mango, cantaloupe, butternut squash,  pumpkin and sweet potato.

Here are just a few ways to get your vitamin A in just one go:

  • 3 organic, pastured egg yolks
  • 9 baby carrots
  • 1 cup sweet potato
  • 1 cup butternut squash
  • 1 cup red bell pepper
  • 2 TBSP grass-fed goat or cow butter/ghee (raw if you can get your hands on it)
  • 0.2 oz of organic liver

How I ate my vitamin A today: I had goat butter for breakfast with my turkey and mushroom scramble. For a snack I had two cups of raw carrots with coconut oil and for lunch I had sardines, veggies and butternut squash.

Tomorrow for breakfast I will make sweet potato, onion, garlic and turkey, cooked in goat butter. Goat butter is whiter than traditional cow butter as the vitamin A has already been converted and readily useable for the body.

I would LOVE to hear how you are getting your vitamin A in  your fertility diet!

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