In this article, we will take an all-out in-depth look at the best vitamin A supplements 2018.
We will start out with what they actually should look like, meaning we will go over various criteria to identify what these kinds of supplements, in theory, should be.
In this regard, I also believe in explaining why it’s important.
And lastly, I’ve done extensive all-out research on finding the best vitamin A supplements of 2018 based on the guidelines established.
I hope this to be and I really strove to make it as thorough and helpful as I possibly can.
Let’s dive right in.
During the research process for this article, I went over every single preformed vitamin A supplement and Carotenoid supplement (vitamin A supplements) that I could possibly find that primarily contained either preformed vitamin A or Carotenoids. Also, many various bestseller lists were examined. Ultimately, all for a well over 300 various supplement evaluation, assessment, and examination.
Best Vitamin A Supplements: What Do They Look Like?
1. Vitamin A Form
Well, when it comes to vitamin A, there are a lot of confusing and even misleading information about it. I hope to make it more clear and understandable here.
First, there are two forms of vitamin A – Carotenoids and Retinoids. Both are very different, both can’t really be replaced by the other, both have their own unique benefits, and both are very, very needed and should be the defining factor when assessing the best vitamin A supplements [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
There is, however, a very different trend on the market.
What I mean is, specialized vitamin A supplements barely ever contain Carotenoids, they are more focused on the actual Retinoids (preformed vitamin A).
So, based on this, within this article, I’ve actually made two various lists. The first one will be on 21 best vitamin A supplements (which concern the preformed form of vitamin A) and the second one will be on 5 best Carotenoid supplements.
As for the criteria discussed further in regards to both of the various types of supplements, where differences apply, it will be expressively noted. Whereas, where it’s not specifically noted, the criteria by their essence is the same.
For example, as for the amounts of both preformed vitamin A and Carotenoids, the differences are specifically noted (see relevant chapter below). However, for example, in regards to manufacturing practices – the same applies to both types of supplements, so no difference is drawn there between the two.
The Best Form of Preformed Vitamin A (Retinoids)
There are many various forms of retinoids available – Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Propionate, Retinaldehyde, Tretinoin, Adapalene, Isotretinoin, Tazarotene and there are others as well. All of these, however, are not used in supplements [R, R, R, R].
Many are, in fact, used in skincare products. In this regard, the forms that are the most common among vitamin supplements are Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Retinol Acetate, Vitamin A Acetate and Vitamin A from Fish Liver Oil [R, R, R, R, R].
In reality, though there are only essentially 4 options because Retinyl Palmitate is the same thing as Vitamin A Palmitate or Retinol Palmitate and Retinyl Acetate is the same thing as Vitamin A Acetate or Retinol Acetate. And then, of course, to finish off the total 4 there are the Retinol and Vitamin A from Fish Liver Oil [R, R, R, R, R]. ((For Retinyl Palmitate please see for example such supplements as Now Foods Vitamin A or Carlson Labs Vitamin A, or Solgar Dry Vitamin A.)) ((For Vitamin A Palmitate please see for example such supplements as Thorne Research Vitamin A or Source Naturals Vitamin A, or Kirkman Labs, Mycellized Vitamin A Liquid.)) ((For Vitamin A Acetate please see for example such supplements as Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus or Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus, or One A Day Men’s Health Formula.)) ((For Retinyl Acetate please see for example such supplements as Nature’s Way Alive Max6 Daily (No Added Iron).)) ((For Fish Liver Oil please see for example such supplements as Nature’s Way Vitamin A or Natural Factors Vitamin A, or Bluebonnet Nutrition Vitamin A.))
So, which one is the most effective and which one should you choose?
Well, in truth, it doesn’t matter that much.
Although, on paper, Retinol is the most effective one, then comes Vitamin A Acetate, then lastly Vitamin A Palmitate, they are all well absorbed. And any differences between their efficacy are offset by their conversion to International Units (abbreviated as IU on supplement labels) [R, R].
This means that, for example, 1000 IU of Vitamin A Acetate is roughly the same as 1000 IU of Vitamin A Palmitate in terms of the benefit to the organism.
From these, there is, however, a form that I assume would be the best to prefer. And that is Vitamin A Palmitate.
There are many sources that state that Vitamin A Palmitate is the synthetic form of preformed vitamin A. But nothing can be further from the truth as this form is the same form that can be found in various animal kingdom products, such as milk, cheese, egg yolks and other [R, R, R, R, R].
This form may be produced synthetically and this is probably also where this misconception originated from. But it’s crucial to understand that there is a huge difference between being produced synthetically and being the synthetic form of the vitamin [R, R, R, R, R].
Truth told, all natural forms findable in supplements are made in a way synthetically, meaning they are made in a laboratory. One can’t naturally produce a supplement. There is no such thing as ‘natural production’. There’s no such thing as some miraculous tree or bush that grows capsules or tablets.
In fact, even when vitamins or minerals are derived from natural sources, it’s still done in a laboratory and may be regarded as synthetic production. In this sense, if you’re more comfortable with the vitamin being derived from a natural source, you can choose supplements that list Fish Liver Oil as their Vitamin A source.
Ultimately though, Vitamin A from Fish Liver Oil will be that same Vitamin A Palmitate. This is also why I didn’t bother with discriminating one or the other for the creation of the list of the best vitamin A supplements.
The Best Form of Carotenoids
When we’re talking about the best form of Carotenoids, we’re not talking about one essentially singular substance as it was in the case of preformed vitamin A. This is because there isn’t one Carotenoid that comes in various forms, but rather a group of many different ones.
There are upwards of at least 750 various different Carotenoids in existence. However, about 40-50 of those is what’s found in the human diet. The most common ones by names are Beta-Carotene, Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Cryptoxanthin, Zeaxanthin, Lutein, Lycopene, and also Astaxanthin [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Many people see them only as contributors to the overall preformed vitamin A amount you’re getting. But this approach is way too superficial as all of the Carotenoids although in some ways similar, but have different qualities and benefits [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
In fact, only about 10% of them our bodies are able to convert to preformed retinol (straight up Vitamin A). The most common ones that are convertible are Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, and Beta-Cryptoxanthin (the conversion rates aren’t fantastic though) [R, R].
Nonetheless, all of them are important when it comes down not only to the health of your vision but to health in general. Therefore, I do feel that when talking about Vitamin A one can’t simply ignore Carotenoids [R, R, R, R].
Oddly enough, as I mentioned earlier they’re barely ever, pretty much never a part of specialized vitamin A supplements. And there are some reasons why this could be.
First of all, it’s because preformed Vitamin A is essential to good health, so it’s really important to provide a straight-up-ready-to-use form of the vitamin to get the most out of it. Carotenoids are wrongfully regarded only as complementary [R, R, R, R].
And second of all, it’s because some people can have quite some difficulties with converting Carotenoids into preformed vitamin A. But if the conversion is impossible or impaired, all the Carotenoids in the world won’t save you from vitamin A deficiency-related illnesses [R, R].
At the same time, Carotenoids can do stuff that preformed vitamin A can’t. Which as I touched upon earlier in a sense and that is also the reason why I’ve decided to include a list of the best Carotenoid supplements in this article.
It is essentially so that you could use it together with the vitamin A supplement for a greater health benefit if you choose to (vegans might also be more interested in the Carotenoids).
I will, however, the list also one other option in this regard, but more on that later.
2. Preformed Vitamin A & Carotenoid Amounts
There are only, so to say, two standards we’re concerned with in regards to Vitamin A amounts – Prime Daily Values (PDVs) and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs).
PDVs define the actual nutrient amounts that are needed to be consumed daily with supplements to achieve and retain a state of great health. ULs, on the other hand, are the absolute maximum amounts of nutrients that can be safely consumed daily long-term without any adverse effects [R, R, R, R, R].
The PDVs for preformed vitamin A are 1000-2000 IU, in regards to which on average you’ll get slightly more of in a proper multivitamin supplement, which isn’t bad at all. ULs, however, are set at 10,000 IU or 3000 micrograms.
When we’re talking about specialized vitamin A supplements they’re averaging a dose close to the ULs or above that. In this regard, any supplement going over ULs might turn out to be detrimental if used for too long.
This basically means that these supplements are not meant for long-term use. In other words, short-term they’re fine, but not long-term.
As for the specialized preformed vitamin A supplements that aimed to provide the amounts of PDVs, I was barely able to find any.
These supplements should only be used to cure a deficiency or a semi-deficiency state, or as a boost of the vitamin for a short period of time, or to combat certain conditions.
More on this in a section (chapter) below the lists of the best vitamin A and Carotenoid supplements.
All in all, there are also some considerations I’ve not listed here in the main text as it might get too confusing, but you can read them in the reference of this paragraph if you choose to.((So, here’s the deal. I’ll try to keep it short. There are two additional considerations that I feel must be expressed for you to better understand, why I’ve chosen the approach I have, but as I said for the main text it might get too confusing, so here you go in the references. 1) PDVs might be okay for maintaining great health, but not for attaining as it will take way too long to do that (might be years or even decades). Uncommonly PDVs of preformed vitamin A (established at 1000-2000 IU or 300-1100 mcg depending on the form of preformed vitamin A used [R]) are actually below the Minimal Daily Values (in EU established at 800 mcg [R] and in the US established at 5000 IU (combined), but will change to 900 mcg of preformed vitamin A by January 2020 [R].) So, does this prove that PDVs do not work as they should have been higher than the minimal intake level that is needed to avoid deficiency disease? No, if you remember, the PDVs are specifically defined by how much of nutrients you need to take through supplements; the actual daily intake of nutrients by addition of proper food is definitely higher (proper food + supplements) [R] [R]. So, proper food is essential for your well-being. In fact, if you are not going for proper food, your daily intake of nutrients with supplements should be higher than PDVs. 2) On top of that, keep in mind that ULs are actually derived (this might not be true for some ULs, but this is the general approach) from studies on individuals taking one nutrient in extremely high amounts while they’re also consuming their own daily diet. Two things can be derived from this. First, the actual amounts of the nutrient consumed solitarily is higher than the defined 3000 mcg or 10,000 IU, because it’s 10,000 IU (supplement) + X amount (food) because the study subjects also have to eat. And secondly, these amounts of ULs are determined by how much is too much, if there is only an abundance of one singular vitamin (or any other nutrient for that matter in studies on other nutrients). As I have discussed and mentioned earlier in my articles (and have touched upon this at least indirectly in this one as well) there isn’t one nutrient that fulfills the functions needed within our organisms only on its own [R]. Nutrients, for example, many vitamins or minerals depending on the function carried out, work in conjunction to ensure the best health. So, in case of other nutrients being in adequate amounts in the organism, the actual ULs could be higher than the ones set at 3000 mcg or 10,000 IU. But as a precaution and because it would be insanely hard to determine (without proper studies) the actual maximum you shouldn’t exceed, we’re just rolling with the ULs established.))
And finally as regards to the Carotenoids.
PDVs define 15000-25000 IU or 9-15 milligrams of Mixed Carotenoids.
3. Additives In The Vitamin A & Carotenoid Supplements
Additives are something that very few consider when choosing a supplement. Paradoxically, this is, however, one of the most important things about any supplement.
Additives do matter greatly and often they make all the difference in the world between a terrible, mediocre, good or a great supplement.
Having harmful additives in your supplements are not the way to go. This reliably promises to not only be taxing on your body but also likely to cause either minor or serious side effects. These are more likely to happen long-term wise but is also possible short-term.
In this regard it’s important to note that not all additives are like that – there are also harmless ones. However, the probability of some minor side effects (mostly because of some allergies) for select few people can’t be completely ruled out.
4. Quality And Manufacturing Practices
Quality and manufacturing practices, in essence, are how a particular supplement is made. How pure is it, how corresponding it is with the stuff shown on its label – all that and more is entirely dependent on these practices.
Therefore, they’re extremely important.
In this regard low quality, poorly manufactured vitamin A and Carotenoid supplements can contain incidental harmful substances that are not identified on the label. Which can lead to an unpredictable variety of side-effects.
Consequently, it’s extremely important to choose as high of a quality supplement and supplements in general as possible.
5. Other Nutrients And Substances Within The Supplements
Other nutrients and substances in the vitamin A supplement or the Carotenoid supplement are not something that we are particularly that interested in. For that, we have other supplements and multivitamins.
However, if absolutely everything about two different supplements is the same, then it’s completely understandable that the preference will be given to the one of some extra beneficial substance or nutrient.
At the same time it’s extremely important to not go crazy with this as in that case we’ll lose the whole purpose of the two lists. Both lists are all about either the best vitamin A supplements or the best Carotenoid supplements – and not about vitamin A or Carotenoid supplements plus something else.
Thus, this particular aspect has by far the least impact in terms of evaluating the supplements of each kind.
Surely, there will be some supplements that offer both preformed vitamin A and some Carotenoids. However, the Carotenoid part as I’ve found will always be a complete mediocrity or even worse.
So, the supplements on the list of 21 best vitamin A supplements, which concerns supplements with primary preformed vitamin A, will only get slight advantages, if they provide Carotenoids.
At the same time, if they’ll do that too abundantly by focusing on a single or two Carotenoids, but not provide any other, and do that in a way that pretty much eliminates the possibility of taking the Carotenoid supplement, it will be considered a slight turn off.((Such will be the case, for example, if a supplement of preformed vitamin A will contain huge amounts of Beta-Carotene making the use of a Carotenoid supplement either to exceed the potential ULs of Beta-Carotene mentioned earlier or come dangerously close to them. This is as a precaution taken based on studies that suggest that too much Beta-Carotene, can possibly be seriously harmful. [R] [R] [R] [R] [R]))
6. Price For The Supplement
And last, of all, there is also the price.
Although it’s not common at all that the best vitamin A supplements or the most awesome Carotenoid supplements are overpriced, it can happen. More often than not, however, the poor ones will be the ones that are overpriced.
So, not only are the poor ones better to avoid, because they won’t provide a solid benefit, but they will also cost more (less value for price).
21 Best Vitamin A Supplements 2018 – The List
No. 1 | Now Foods Vitamin A (10,000 IU)
Now Foods is a manufacturer that truly cares for quality. It’s one of the most decorated manufacturers I’ve seen. 22 seals and certifications are the number of how many they aspire to and implement. Among those the USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and GMP certified all the way.
On top of that, they also partner with Underwriters Laboratories that assure the quality of their products. All to make as great of a supplement as possible and to empower healthier lives.
Now Foods Vitamin A (10,000 IU) offers vitamin A of Retinyl Palmitate and Fish Liver Oil. The total amounts are as you can probably already tell 10,000 IU.
As for the additives – there are 4 of those – bovine gelatin, glycerin, water, and organic extra virgin oil. Of these water and glycerin are harmless, but the bovine gelatin and organic extra virgin oil are not only harmless, but they’re also beneficial [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
This, of course, assuming that you are getting enough water in your daily life. Otherwise, the water part should also be regarded as beneficial.
Now Foods Vitamin A is available on iHerb, which makes it both extremely accessible and extremely affordable for international shipping.
The supplement itself prices at 3.58$ and contains a supply for 100 days, which makes it a true bargain at 0.03-0.04$ a day. It will, however, be even less than that as using the link in the previous paragraph will grant you a small extra discount.
No. 2 | Natural Factors Vitamin A
Natural Factors is a manufacturer that is not only about making supplements. They themselves organically (and with true care for the soil) grow all the raw materials and then use them in manufacturing of their supplements.
To show and display their true care for the quality of the end-product (supplements), they also get certified by ISURA. All to prove and assert that those supplements are in truth Non-GMO as well as pure, safe and potent in what they offer.
Natural Factors Vitamin A provides with 10,000 IU of Vitamin A, which is both of Retinyl Palmitate and Cod Liver Oil.
Similarly as the NOW Foods Vitamin A, also this one has 4 harmless additives – Gelatin, Glycerin, Purified Water and Organic Flaxseed Oil. On top of that, the first and the last of these 4 are also beneficial [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for the price of this one, its price at 6.97$ for a supply of 180 days, which makes it an average of 0.03-0.04$ a day. You will, however, get it even cheaper than that, if you’ll use this link (iHerb). It will grant you an extra discount.
The iHerb also offers extremely affordable shipping worldwide, which will only further decrease the anticipated costs.
No. 3 | Country Life Natural Vitamin A & D3
Country Life truly aspires to integrity, they say that it’s their number one ingredient. Not only they have committed to authenticity, cleanliness, freshness, consistency, and accuracy, but also to proving and displaying their commitments.
In that they are Non-GMO verified, USDA Organic and Gluten-Free certified, as well as vegan, vegetarian, halal and kosher certified. But most importantly they are also GMP certified.
Country Life Natural Vitamin A & D3 is a mix of two active ingredients – preformed vitamin A and vitamin D3. Vitamin A you’ll find in amounts of 10,000 IU, whereas the vitamin D will be in amounts of 400 IU.
All of it will be of the Cod Liver Oil, which serves as the supplement’s main ingredient. Similarly, as the previous two supplements, this one also has four additives. Again, all them harmless, two of them actually beneficial [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Country Life Natural Vitamin A & D3 is a slightly more expensive supplement than the ones that came on this list before it. It costs 6.08$ for a supply of 100 days. That is the equivalent of 0.06$ a day, which, however, will be less than that if you’ll choose to use this link (iHerb), the link will provide a discount.
You’ll also be able to get extremely affordable international shipping if that is something that applies to you.
No. 4 | NOW Foods Ultra A & D3
NOW Foods Ultra A & D3 is considerably different than the NOW Foods Vitamin A. It’s like a boosted version of it, but it slightly deviates from the being of just vitamin A. And also the additives somewhat vary.
The NOW Foods Ultra A & D3 offers 10,000 IU of vitamin A, 15,000 IU of Beta-Carotene and 1000 IU of vitamin D3. Vitamin A is derived from Fish Liver Oil. Whereas vitamin D comes in a form of Cholecalciferol, which is also referred to as D3.
As for additives, we have 4 – Medium Chain Triglycerides, Bovine Gelatin, Glycerin, and Purified Water. All are harmless, the first two of the aforementioned are not only that but also beneficial [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
The supplement prices at 5.98$ for a 100 Softgels, which is the supply for 100 days. And that is 0.06$ a day. You can, however, get it even cheaper than that by using this link (iHerb). And as I’ve mentioned a few times already, iHerb also offers incredibly affordable international shipping.
No. 5 | Thorne Research Vitamin A
Thorne Research… Mmmm… Yes, I’ve said it before and I’m not shy of saying again. It probably is the highest quality supplement manufacturer out there. Definitely one of the highest anyway.
They do not try to spare or grudge resources when it comes to supplement-quality. The immense amounts of testing (the widest range of contaminants) and care they put into manufacturing is pretty insane.
They fulfill and exceed many of the standards set, those include the impossible TGA, as well as the well-known NSF and cGMP. They also collaborate with Mayo Clinic (no other supplement manufacturer can say that).
Thorne Research Vitamin A offers 25,000 IU of Vitamin A Palmitate. It is the highest amount of vitamin A in any supplement you’ll find on this list (except for one other supplement on this list). And this is not without a reason.
We earlier talked about the ULs and that that is the highest amount of vitamin A that you could take daily long-term in order for the consumption of the vitamin would not be detrimental. The amount was 10,000 IU. This supplement here has 25 grand of IU.
These kinds of amounts of vitamin A particularly long-term wise will cause various side-effects because you’ll be having too much. This also can lead to very serious conditions and health problems such as liver toxicity and damage, blurry vision, severe nausea and vomiting, intense headache, dizziness and other [R, R, R].
Nonetheless, potentially using such a potent supplement short-term can be extremely beneficial, especially if you are vitamin A deficient. But one must be extremely careful with this. I would highly suggest to only ever do it under appropriate supervision.
As regards to the price, it sells at 11.00$ for a 90-day supply. It’s equivalent to about 0.12$ a day, which is considerably higher than any other supplement mentioned previously on this list. However, it also offers a considerably higher dose of the vitamin.
Either way, you can get it cheaper than that by using this link (iHerb). It will grant you a small discount. The place is awesome for international shipping, which essentially lets you save even more.
No. 6 | Pure Encapsulations Vitamin A
Pure Encapsulations truly care for quality and they go after it hard. Ultimately, they are one of the highest quality supplement manufacturers out there.
They collaborate with many third-party laboratories that independently test their raw materials and finished products for purity and potency, they collaborate with many universities for clinical research. On top of that, they are GMP all the way while also exceeding USP standards for supplement manufacturing.
Pure Encapsulations Vitamin A offers 10,000 IU of vitamin A that comes in a form of Cod Liver Oil and Vitamin A Palmitate.
Natural flavoring is certainly something that you need to be careful about. They’re admittedly not as bad as artificial flavoring, but potentially they can be of similar harm. This mostly depends on the manufacturing practices employed [R, R, R, R, R].
Which in the case of Pure Encapsulation are of extremely high standards. Thus, the natural flavoring it has is something that you do not need to worry about.
As for the price, it costs 8.20$ for a supply of 120 days, which is about 0.06-0.07$ a day. It’s probably the most accessible on Amazon.
No. 7 | Solgar Dry Vitamin A 1500 mcg
Solgar aspires to an ongoing mission of providing consumers with top-quality, innovative, science-based nutritional supplements to support their overall health and well-being. They are a global company with its own research facilities and many award-winning supplements.
However, there are no third party assertions as regards to the quality.
Nonetheless, it’s an awesome supplement, if you’re taking a multivitamin that offers around 1000-2000 IU (or slightly above that). And that is especially if by adding a vitamin A supplement you aim not exceeding the ULs defined.
Solgar Dry Vitamin A offers 5000 IU (1500 micrograms) of Retinyl Palmitate and 10 milligrams of L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C).
As for the additives, it has more than most of the previous supplements on this list. Yet, all of its five should be regarded as harmless and completely okay to have in supplements [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Solgar Dry Vitamin A prices at 7.05$ for a 100 day supply, which is the equivalent of 0.07$ a day. You can, however, get it even cheaper than that (which comes with extremely affordable international shipping) using this link (iHerb).
No. 8 | NutraBlast Vitamin A & D3
NutraBlast is a supplement manufacturer that never uses GMO and aspire to organic sustainability. They say that they don’t just want to provide high quality, they aim for skyscraper quality, stratosphere quality.
They also assert that they do third party testing to ensure all of that and that they go deep on science. All, so that everything’s heavily researched, scientifically sound and proven effective. No direct third party assertions though.
It goes 9.49$ for a supply of 100 days, which essentially is 0.09-0.10$ a day. The best deal for the NutraBlast Vitamin A & D3 that I found was Amazon.
No. 9 | Solaray Dry Vitamin A
Solaray is a brand of a manufacturer named Nutraceutical. Every supplement they produce undergoes rigorous testing and screening based on the latest cGMPs and USP standards.
They do extensive lab testing to validate microbial, identity, purity, and potency. The 5 colors in their logo represent their devotion to Innovation, Quality, Loyalty, Education, and Service. There are, however, no third party assertions as for the quality.
Solaray Dry Vitamin A is a supplement that offers 3 substances. First, there’s, of course, the vitamin A in a form of Retinyl Palmitate (10,000 IU). Second, there’s the most common Carotenoid there is – Beta-Carotene (15,000 IU). And third, there’s also 230 milligrams of Carrot Concentrate.
Although the label says that the supplement has 25000 IU, it does not exceed the ULs. Yes, superficially it may seem so, but that is not the case at all.
Preformed vitamin A and Beta-Carotene are not the same, as I’ve mentioned in this article previously already. Yes, Beta-Carotene our bodies is generally able to convert to the preformed vitamin A, however, that only happens when it has too little of it. Otherwise, this process does not take place [R, R, R, R].
As for the Carrot Concentrate, it will add additional amounts of Carotenoids. Mostly they will be in the form of Beta-Carotene and Alpha-Carotene. However, you will also get tiny amounts of Lycopene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin [R].
As for the additives – Gelatin is definitely all good. As for Acacia – it can cause some problems to those that are allergic to it, which seems not to be too popular. But other than that it’s considered rather beneficial [R, R, R, R, R, R].
As regards to this supplement, however, it’s not compatible with an additional Carotenoid supplement. This is because you might be then exceeding to what probably is the UL for Beta-Carotene. I would not recommend experimenting with that.
Lastly, the Solaray Dry Vitamin A prices at 6.00$ for a supply of 60 days, which is exactly 0.10$ a day. But it will cost even less than that if you’ll decide on using this link (iHerb). International selling also will be extremely affordable.
No. 10 | Nature’s Way Vitamin A and D
Nature’s Way is a manufacturer that offers an extensive range of health-promoting products which have been carefully scrutinized and tested. All of this while adhering and transcending the GMP standards.
They are Organic Processor certified, NSF, Halal and Quality Assurance International Organic certified. Many of their products are TRU-ID certified, Non-GMO verified, Kosher Certified.
But ultimately, they have attracted many respected trade associations just because of what they stand for and the quality they embody.
Nature’s Way Vitamin A and D do not come expensive. It prices at 6.80$ for a supply of 100 days, which is about 0.06-0.07$ a day. However, you can get it even cheaper than that as this link (iHerb) will provide you with a small discount. They also offer extremely cheap shipping internationally (which can potentially be for free).
No. 11 | Solgar Cod Liver Oil Vitamins A & D
Solgar Cod Liver Oil Vitamins A & D offers 375 milligrams (681.75 IU) of Retinyl Palmitate (plus Cod Liver Oil) and 3.4 milligrams (135 IU) of Cholecalciferol. The additives are all good and can be with ease used long-term [R, R, R].
Ultimately, do take into account that, if you want to primarily battle acne, vision problems, or other health issues, this will unlikely help you to reach your goal. It’s because the amounts are just too low if you were to take only a single Softgel daily.
Essentially you should take at least two so that you would be in the range of PDVs. However, going back to the advanced considerations (that were listed in references) for the vitamin A amounts, it’s probably only good for keeping healthy vitamin A levels.
So, if you’re in to combat such issues, which more on I will get into later in this article, generally it’s better to use other supplements on this list, which offer a dose much closer to the ULs.
But the very awesomeness of this supplement lies in the fact that you can easily adjust, adapt and modify the dose you’re taking. So, it gives a lot more room for experimentation with the amounts, as well as it provides incredible flexibility, especially if you’re having in your routine other supplements that provide the preformed vitamin A.
Lastly, it costs 13.28$ for 250 Softgels, which is about 0.05$ for 1 Softgel. But the overall daily cost of it will highly depend on how many you decide to take daily.
You should at least take 2-3 Softgels daily to be in the range of PDV. That will be 0.10$-0.15$ a day. So, essentially, you get a lot more flexibility with this supplement, but a lot less value for your money.
Nonetheless, Solgar Cod Liver Oil Vitamins A & D will cost you less, if you’ll use this link (iHerb). And as I’ve already mentioned many times before, iHerb offers extremely affordable shipping worldwide. So, you might cut some anticipated costs at the expense of shipping.
No. 12 | Nature’s Plus Vitamin A
Nature’s Plus as a manufacturer that seems to go pretty hard on natural and organic. They are NSF and cGMP certified, as well as they have a pretty long history of providing supplements.
On top of that, they also offer 100% Consumer Satisfaction Guarantee, which basically means that they will refund, credit or replace any product you’re not fully satisfied with.
I do believe that this is a great testament to the quality they embody.
Nature’s Plus Vitamin A provides 10,000 IU of vitamin A in the form of Vitamin A Palmitate. It does not provide anything else, but it does, however, have quite many additives to it.
Yet, all of them are harmless.
As for the price, it goes for 6.97$. For that amount, you get a supply of 90 days, which is 0.07-0.08$ a day. You can, however, get it cheaper than that if you choose to use this link (iHerb). They also have insane deals for international shipping.
No. 13 | Celebrate Vitamin A
Celebrate Nutritional Supplements is a supplement brand that focuses on being the premier authority on bariatric science and nutrition. Or in other words, to truly help people with weight loss.
They assert to manufacture products to the highest specifications possible and to do that by utilizing the GMP guidelines or BRC/SGS Food guidelines. However, there are no third party assertions. It’s all of what they themselves are saying.
Celebrate Vitamin A provides 10,000 IU of Retinyl Palmitate.
As for the additives, it has 4, all of which are harmless to ingest and won’t affect your body negatively.
Lastly, what accounts for the price, it’s 10.95$ for a supply of 90 days, which makes it to average at 0.12$ a day. There are many options to go for as for the seller, I propose using Amazon.
No. 14 |Freeda Kosher Vitamin A Palmitate (10,000 IU)
Freeda is one of the oldest brands I have ever encountered – this is their ninetieth year of producing supplements. They specialize in providing supplements for people with all kinds of major allergies or diseases, like people with celiac or diabetics.
As for what they offer and what they stand for – all of that is pretty awesome. There are some third party assertions, however, the ones that I find are the most important are missing.
Freeda Vitamin A Palmitate provides 10,000 IU of Vitamin A Palmitate, while the additives are also completely okay.
It prices at 10.36$ for a supply of 250 days, which is about 0.04$ a day. If you decide on it, the cheapest place I found was the manufacturer’s website. However, potentially (although, unlikely but) there might be cheaper sellers out there.
No. 15 | Puritan’s Pride Vitamin A & D
Puritan’s Pride is a supplement manufacturer that is fully committed to values of being happy, feeling good and getting the most out of life. All in all, it’s pretty Badass as to what they stand for.
However, there are no third-party certifications or assertions. They pretty much ground their abilities and competence in the fact that they’ve been around for more than 40 years, which does imply certain things but is not an accurate assessment.
Puritan’s Pride Vitamin A & D provide 5000 IU of vitamin A in the forms of Retinyl Palmitate and Fish Liver Oil. Additionally, you’re also getting 400 IU of D3 in forms of Fish Liver Oil and Cholecalciferol, which is the best form of vitamin D [R, R, R].
In terms of additives much like all the previous ones this supplement is also completely safe.
In terms of price, it’s probably best to acquire it through their website. They price it there at 5.99 for a supply of 200 Softgels, which is for 200 days total. And that is in terms of daily costs of about 0.03$ a day.
There is also an option to get 500 Softgels for 11.98$, which is 0.02-0.03$ a day. And that is a ridiculously low price – the lowest on this list of the best vitamin A supplements.
No. 16 | Source Naturals Active A
Source Naturals is a manufacturer, the guiding principle of which is to provide safe and superior quality products in everything that they do. They aspire to enhance customers health and well-being. It’s their utmost priority.
Their quality control and laboratories seem to go the extra mile to ensure quality. There are, however, no third party assessments that would give away or imply anything about the quality they actually deliver.
Source Naturals Active A is a supplement that is comprised of three substances – Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta-Carotene, and Calcium. Those nutrients come in amounts of 10,000 IU, 15,000 IU, and 23 milligrams, respectively.
As for the additives, I’m not a fan of modified cellulose gum. Although it is cellulose, yet a modified one. And modified versions of additives are chemically modified to change their properties, which in of itself may include some unwanted and unlisted byproducts [R].
In terms of other additives, the Source Naturals Active A is completely fine.
As for the price, it comes at 7.69$ for a supply of 120 days. That is the equivalent of about 0.06$ a day. But you can get it even cheaper than that if you choose to use this link (iHerb). It will grant you a small discount, furthermore, the seller offers incredible deals on international shipping.
No. 17 | Oceanic Nutra Vitamin A
As for Oceanic Nutra at the time of writing this article I was completely unavailable to access their official site. This was for many days straight. So, I just assumed that their manufacturing is at least somewhat okay for the time being.
When the homepage will become available to me, I will update this section, but for now, let us move on.
Oceanic Nutra Vitamin A provides 25,000 IU of Vitamin A Acetate and Fish Liver Oil. On top of that, it has only harmless additives.
As the dose of preformed vitamin A is so high, in case you decide to go for it, you shouldn’t supplement with it long-term, without close scrutiny of an appropriate health professional. Otherwise, it can turn out to be extremely detrimental (as already pointed out earlier and will continue to be reiterated throughout the article).
Oceanic Nutra Vitamin A prices at 22.97$ for 100 days of supply, which is about 0.23$ a day. In terms of a seller, I find Amazon is one of the most viable options.
No. 18 | Bariatric Advantage Dry Vitamin A
Bariatric Advantage is a supplement manufacturer that is known as the market leader in “targeted nutrition” for weight loss patients. They are GMP all the way, but there really are no third party assertions as towards their quality.
Bariatric Advantage Dry Vitamin A offers 10,000 IU in the form of Retinyl Acetate. The supplement employs only harmless additives.
As for the price, it costs 13.99 for a supply of 60 days, which isn’t great in terms of the price. Essentially the price makes it the most expensive supplement on this particular list costing about 0.23$ a day.
If, however, you choose to go for this one, it’s probably best to get it on Amazon.
No. 19 | Carlson Labs Vitamin A (10,000 IU)
Carlson Labs is THE Omega-3 brand. They have many top-certifications in regards to that. Consequently, they’re amazing once it comes to deriving valuable nutrients from fish.
They’ve also gotten some love from some supplement evaluating entities.
Carlson Labs Vitamin A provides 10,000 IU of vitamin A derived from Fish Liver Oil and Retinyl Palmitate. As for the additives, generally it’s okay, but there is one that might raise some concerns.
Safflower Oil has truly been a substance of mixed results for various people. Generally considered of the beneficial oils. However, it seems that many people are allergic to it, which in that case comes with an abundance of side-effects [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, if you’re not sure, it’s much, much better to go for other options available.
If you do, however, decide to go for this one, it prices at 10.21$ for a supply of 250 days. That makes it a 0.04$ a day supplement. But you can get it even cheaper than that if you decide to use this link (iHerb).
It will provide you a discount. Plus the seller offers incredibly affordable international shipping.
No. 20 | Bronson Vitamin A
Bromson’s been around for almost 60 years. They produce their supplements in cGMP-certified laboratories, they are also supposedly dedicated to science. But above all, no third party assertions.
Nonetheless, they back up their supplements by a one-year 100% satisfaction guarantee, which certainly implies as to how much they believe in that of offering a great product.
Bronson Vitamin A provides of 10,000 IU Vitamin A in the form of Retinyl Palmitate. In regards to additives, it has four, all harmless, but one that is the hiccup.
Soybean Oil is Non-GMO here. However, it still causes various allergies in quite many people. And that has a high chance of leading to various unpleasant side-effects. Which of course, we all much rather prefer to avoid [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Because of the 100% satisfaction guarantee, it’s probably best to get the supplement from the manufacturer’s website.
It costs there 10.49$ for 250 Softgels, which is about 0.04$ for a Softgel. Essentially it’s that same 0.04$ a day, as the defined dose is 1 Softgel a day.
No. 21 | Nature’s Life A & D
However, there practically is zero information about the quality that the Nature’s Life submits to. So, it might be an awesome supplement, if it truly has everything that is stated on the label and if it has no hazardous contaminants to it.
But it’s quite a guess. It might as likely be full of it. In this regard, the fact that they’ve been around for more than 40 years, somewhat reduces that chance. However, it’s still a possibility.
I would recommend choosing any other supplement of the above in place of this, but if you still want to go for it – it costs 4.50$ for a supply of 100 days. That makes it a 0.04-0.05$ a day supplement. Getting it on iHerb using this link will make it cheaper though.
5 Best Carotenoid Supplements 2018 – The List
Carotenoid supplements are commonly quite full of various additives. So, much that it’s hard to find a supplement that offers all of the Carotenoids, as well as 100% of completely harmless additives.
The supplements on the list of the best Carotenoid supplements are, however, the best ones in regards to this. Thus, if you’re concerned over a certain additive, you always can go for either the No. 2 or No. 3 of this list as they have no additives. This happens rarely but is possible.
Nonetheless, I will discuss all that needs to be known in regards to the additives, so that you have all the tools needed for making a good and well-informed decision.
No. 1 | Jarrow Formulas CarotenALL
Jarrow Formulas is a pretty remarkable supplement brand. They put their supplements through extensive, to what they call, “Total Quality” multilevel approach.
This approach stands for many things. However, within that most importantly all of their supplements are tested by third-party laboratories, which are ISO and USDA accredited. On top of that, all of them fully implement cGMP and GLP guidelines.
Jarrow Formulas CarotenALL provides with Alpha- and Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, and Astaxanthin – all in abundant amounts. Additionally, it also provides Gamma Tocopherol, which is a substance of vitamin E family [R, R, R].
As for the additives, it certainly does look awesome, but there’s a hiccup. Or, in other words, there really is only one additive that may raise some red flags, and that is the Organic Caramel.
This is because it may have within it the so-called “incidental” additives, which can cause unneeded side-effects and occur when there are poor manufacturing practices involved. At the same time based on Jarrow Formulas quality procedures, this should not be the case [R, R, R, R].
Overall Jarrow Formulas CarotenALL is the most abundant supplement of Carotenoids that I could find. And believe me when I say, that I SEARCHED.
Thus, I’m very confident to say that it is the most resourceful Carotenoid supplement in existence. Period.
The supplement prices at 15.68$ for a supply of 60 days, which is about 0.26$ a day. In regards to which I don’t want to bring too much hype, but it is an insane deal.
Additionally, you can get it even cheaper than that if you use this link (iHerb) as it will provide you with a discount. This seller, as mentioned many times in this article already, provides insane deals when it comes to international shipping and shipping in general.
No. 2 | Healthy Origins Organic Spirulina
For Healthy Origins “to provide a healthy value from reliable origins” is how they roll. They passionately follow cGMP guidelines and provide only top quality products from some of the most reputable suppliers in the world.
In truth, their about us page does not give them justice as they are way too humble. For example, the supplement we have here is Organic Spirulina that is USDA Organic, 100% Natural and Non-GMO, and USP verified.
Healthy Origins Organic Spirulina is something that one truly does not encounter very often. It has no additives. None. Zero. Which I do find insanely awesome. Obviously it can’t work always and for all supplements, but in this case, they have found it to work.
The supplement offers 1.5 grams of Spirulina, 240 milligrams of Phycocyanin, 5625 micrograms of Carotenoids, 15 milligrams of Chlorophyll and Gamma Linolenic Acid, as well as some very little amounts of vitamin B12.
To not go into crazy detail – Spirulina is just stupid in terms of how beneficial it is. Phycocyanin, Chlorophyll, and Gamma Linolenic Acid – all are extremely beneficial as well [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
The reason why I have put it to be so high on the list of the best Caretonoid supplements 2018, is that it has no additives and it provides insane value. As I’ve already mentioned before, I’ve found it extremely common, even in a way impossible to avoid additives that aren’t really the best for consumption for Carotenoid supplements.
This one, however, as I mentioned already, has none.
As for the price, there are three options you could go for. All of them differentiate only between the number of servings that they provide. No difference in ingredients (or additives!).
There’s the 60-day version for 7.18$, 120-day version for 12.59$ and a 240-day version for 22.50$. Or about 0.12$ a day, about 0.10$ a day, or about 0.09$ a day. But in either case, you can get them even cheaper if you use the corresponding link to the version you decide on (iHerb).
The shipping prices they offer are extremely affordable. I bet you won’t expect how affordable they are if you’ve never encountered iHerb before.
No. 3 | California Gold Nutrition Spirulina
California Gold Nutrition brand is produced by Madre Labs. All in all their ‘About Us’ page is extremely scarce as to what quality do they aspire to. They do, however, offer a No-Questions-Asked 90-day Risk-Free Guarantee to all of their supplements.
California Gold Nutrition Spirulina is essentially that same Healthy Origins Organic Spirulina, but less powerful. Either way, it’s still USDA Organic and USP Verified.
This supplement offers 1.5 grams of Spirulina, 90 milligrams of c-Phycocyanin, 15 milligrams of Chlorophyll, and 5000+185 micro-grams total of Carotenoids.
The cool thing is that they exclusively collaborate with iHerb. So, you can get the supplement from iHerb with a discount by using this link, and also qualify for that 90-day Money-Back Guarantee.
As for the price it generally comes with a price tag of 22.95$ for a 240 day supply. It makes it about 0.09-0.10$ a day supplement. But you can get it cheaper than that by using the link given in the previous paragraph.
No. 4 | Shaklee CarotoMax
The Shaklee is an extremely solid supplement brand. They’re the first company in the world to be certified Climate Neutral.
And they truly aspire to make it right – extensive contaminant screenings, comprehensive quality tests and constantly seeking proof in science.
All to ultimately surpass the USP standards.
But above all of that, they also offer a No-Questions-Asked 100% Money Back Guarantee. They even assert that they will provide a full refund if you send back an empty container. That is how much they believe in their products.
Shaklee CarotoMax offers 5000 IU of Beta-Carotene, 5 milligrams of Lycopene and Lutein each, 200 micrograms of Zeaxanthin, 1.5 milligrams of Alpha-Carotene, and lastly 400 micrograms of Astaxanthin. The only other thing you’d want to wish for is the Beta-Cryptoxanthin.
It is, however, nowhere to be found in this one.
Then there’s an abundance of additives. Generally speaking it should be completely fine, however, problems for some people may arise. For example, the Annatto Color for some can be, not necessarily will be, but can be quite devastating. Same goes with Soybean Oil and Soy in general [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
All in all, it’s actually quite an expensive supplement. It prices at 43.22$ for a supply of 90 days, which is about 0.48$ a day. It’s the absolute most expensive supplement of both of the lists. As for the seller, it’s probably best to get it from Amazon.
No. 5 | Natural Factors BetaCareAll
Natural Factors BetaCareAll provides 25,000 IU of Beta-Carotene, 495 micrograms of Alpha-Carotene, Gamma-Carotene, 2.5 milligrams of Lycopene, 2 milligrams of Lutein and 120 micrograms of Zeaxanthin.
This is the best supplement for anyone, who for any reason wouldn’t want to go with preformed retinol at all. To avoid retinol, however, is not advisable as no amounts of Beta-Carotene can truly replace it [R, R].
I feel an obligation to add another thing worth mentioning. 25,000 IU of Beta-Carotene does not go over ULs – so, it’s completely safe to use long-term.
Don’t be discouraged by other people or best of lists saying that these supplements are dangerous, because the vitamin A amounts in them are too abundant. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Although Beta-Carotene is often times on supplement labels marketed as vitamin A, it’s not the same thing. In fact, it’s extremely different. Furthermore, Beta-Carotene won’t get manufactured into preformed retinol by our bodies, if that retinol is available in amounts more than needed [R, R, R, R, R].
We did touch upon this already previously in this article, I just wanted to make sure that the point isn’t missed.
The additives for the Natural Factors BetaCareAll are all good.
As for the price – it goes for 11.17$ for a 90 day supply, which is about 0.12$ a day. But you can get it cheaper than that if you opt for using this link (iHerb). Affordable international shipping will also apply.
Vitamin A Supplement Interactions With Other Supplements
General Health – Multivitamins Over Vitamin A Supplements
Remember in the article earlier I pointed out that there is one other option to get all the vitamin A related benefits.
Multivitamins (also referred to as multivitamin supplements) are that option.
If improving your general health and well-being is your primary goal, the proper kind of multivitamins should be your choice.
These kinds of multivitamins generally offer preformed vitamin A in amounts of PDVs (or slightly above) and various Carotenoids in amounts close or within the range of PDVs. So, essentially you do not need a separate vitamin A and Carotenoid supplement to acquire and maintain great health.((Here, again, it is possible that preformed vitamin A in amounts of PDVs might not be able to actually help you acquire great health or may do it extremely slow, if you’re experiencing a deficiency or other further mentioned conditions. For more information, go back and references in the chapter of Vitamin A & Carotenoid amounts.))
Having said that, there are, however, instances, when the preformed vitamin A supplement and a Carotenoid supplement will be very much needed. So, generally speaking, they could be needed when a system of yours that is directly affected by vitamin A is out of whack.
The list of inclined benefits of preformed vitamin A is a pretty long one, here’s some of it.
It can help you improve vision, immunity, bone health, skin health (also battle Acne), fight cancer, promote tissue repair, prevent urinary stones, reduce Cholesterol, relieve inflammation, aid reproduction, and development [R, R, R, R, R].
However, keep in mind that everything in our bodies works in conjunction. Most of the functions in our bodies are carried out by multiple vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial substances working together.
So, getting only a vitamin A supplement may not be able to fully help you gain the benefits you desire.
Again, presumably you should, therefore, primarily go for a multivitamin supplement and then choose a preformed vitamin A supplement from the list above.
In this regard, I will go more into detail in regards to the various interactions of supplements in a section (chapter) below.
As for the best Carotenoid supplements, you pretty much can’t go wrong with those ones. Many proper kinds of multivitamin supplements do not offer an abundance of Carotenoids. Yet, these can have a massive positive impact on your health.
Carotenoids are also extremely important for improving your vision. On top of that, stuff like Lutein and Zeaxanthin can actually boost your visual processing speed by up to 20% [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Just imagine what can that do for your everyday awareness, in any situation where reaction speed can truly make all the difference. For example, avoiding car collisions, in sports, avoiding accidents, improving your gaming.
More on all this see the chapter below “What If It Doesn’t Work?”.
General Information On The Interactions
In essence any vitamin A supplement can be used together with other supplements. And to gain the best results it should! Because the functions in our body are usually carried out by multiple vitamins. The absolutely same goes for Carotenoid supplements.
When assessing, however, if a supplement is a good fit with other supplements, you should evaluate them in conjunction with other supplements and the amounts of preformed vitamin A that they offer.
Preferably the combined amounts of all the supplements you’re using that contain preformed vitamin A should not go over the ULs.
So, to remind, ULs or so-called Upper Tolerable Intake Levels are levels that essentially aim to identify the maximum daily intake of various vitamins and other nutritional substances that can be taken long-term (life long) without any negative effects – only the positive ones.
As you probably recall, the ULs for preformed vitamin A is 10,000 IU or 3000 micrograms.
So, there is a clear trend among the list of 21 Best Vitamin A Supplements 2018. All of the supplements, most of them anyway, aim to provide you with 10,000 IU.
But as implied earlier already this generally means that you should not get any other supplements that contain vitamin A daily with those. This is because then you would go over the values established by ULs and long term use could turn out detrimental.
However, there are times when you would want to do that, for example, if you’re vitamin A deficient. Under a controlled setting, it is not rare that people get prescribed doses that go over ULs for a period of time. Essentially to just sooner get you back on your feet and heal your body. (Get in touch with a proper health care expert to provide and establish for you such setting.)
So in essence, the list of the 21 Best Vitamin A Supplements 2018 are more focused on a standalone use, at least as far as the consumption of preformed vitamin A goes.
But you can also have that enhanced vitamin A feel together with other supplements, like the best multivitamin supplements or any other supplement that offers vitamin A, just choose your supplements accordingly (chapters below to assist you with that).
In this regard, in theory, you can also just go with a supplement of 10,000 IU preformed vitamin A and use it every other day or rarer depending on how much of a daily amount you’re into having extra besides the multivitamin.
Additionally, as 2019 is approaching I will be revising the list of the best multivitamin supplements and I’m pretty sure that it will have some supplements that offer no preformed vitamin A. Therefore, at that time rarely any supplement on this list will be a bad fit.
Or in other words, you will be able then to use any supplement on this list of 21 Best Vitamin A Supplements 2018 with those kinds of multivitamins that won’t contain preformed vitamin A.
As for Carotenoid supplements, they’re compatible with everything.
On the list of the best Carotenoid supplements, there are supplements that go over PDVs. So, you can either just roll with it at least initially, if you haven’t had Carotenoids supplemented before, and after that, you can just go with it every other day. Or you can also easily start out with that (taking the supplement every other day).
Examples Of The Interactions
So, to get a better sense of what I was just talking about as it might get confusing, I’m going to list some examples of compatible use of the best preformed vitamin A supplements and other supplements.
If I’ve not covered your specific case, you should be able to manage to figure your case out by example. If, however, you don’t or you just want to make sure, it’s completely fine.
Just let me know in the comments the types and the amounts of preformed vitamin A involved in your particular case and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
As for Carotenoid supplements, I will most likely also go into some examples for those later in the future. The main thing here similarly is to just compare all of the combined amounts of Carotenoids from the specialized supplement with the amounts you’re getting from other supplements.
Example #1 Of Using A Supplement
So, let’s say that you’re consuming one of the best multivitamin supplements.
To be specific, let’s say you’re taking Thorne Research Extra Nutrients. This supplement in regards to vitamin A offers Vitamin A Palmitate in amounts of 750 micrograms, which is the equivalent of 1363.5 IU [R].
So, the question is – would this supplement be okay to use daily long-term with the No. 1 supplement of the best vitamin A supplements – the NOW Foods Vitamin A (10,000 IU)?
The answer is No!
This is because NOW Foods Vitamin A already offers the maximum amount of vitamin A you should ever use daily long-term.
Those additional 1363.5 IU, which are present in the multivitamin, makes it so that the combined amounts would go over the ULs established.
This could essentially work short-term.
But as for long-term – this is a Big No.
Example #2 Of Using A Supplement
Let’s say, you’re taking a plant-based supplement that offers 10,000 IU of vitamin A. And you would like to combine it with the No. 2 of this list of the best vitamin A supplements.
YES, it will!
‘Wait, Matiss, WHAT?’
Well, yes it would work. Here’s why.
Meaning, the very cause that a plant-based supplement lists on its label that it contains 10,000 IU of vitamin A is that it most likely contains the Beta-Carotene, possibly also other Carotenoids.
So, although seemingly in the present example the combined vitamin A amounts would be 20,000 IU and so exceed the ULs, it’s not the case at all. Because as mentioned earlier Beta-Carotene is different from vitamin A.
And in so the ULs that apply to preformed vitamin A, does not apply to Beta-Carotene.
It’s a nuance I’ve seen so many people confuse. So, keep that in mind.
Example #3 Of Using A Supplement
Lastly, let’s say, you’d like to combine a multivitamin that offers 2500 IU of preformed vitamin A with the No. 7 of the list of 21 best vitamin A supplements, which offers 5000 IU of preformed vitamin A.
So, would this be okay?
Yes, it would be completely okay.
This is because the combined amounts of the two supplements are equal to 7500 IU, which is below the ULs established at 10,000 IU.
In fact, you’d have some margin for error, in case you also consume some other supplements that provide vitamin A.
But if not, you could always, if you choose to, add something like the Solgar Cod Liver Oil Vitamins A & D (No. 11 of the list) for some small extra vitamin A additions.
And as I said, if more examples are needed, just let me know. I’ll be happy to help!
What If It Doesn’t Work?
So, let’s say you get one supplement from each of the lists of 21 best Vitamin A supplements and 5 best Carotenoid supplements. And after use of 4-6 weeks, you’re not feeling any of the anticipated benefits.
There are extremely many reasons, why this could be.
But some things have to be noted in this regard. And this is something that I have briefly touched upon already. And I will in a sense repeat myself, but this is important.
Specialized vitamin A supplements are generally not needed for optimal health, or in other words best possible health.
They should only be approached in a sense as a combating tool for Acne, Unhealthy Immunity, Vision related problems, like Night Blindness, Astigmatism and other, as well as a tool for improving Fertility in both men and women [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for specialized Carotenoid supplements – the same applies, they’re generally not needed if the multivitamin you’re taking provides you with Mixed Form of Carotenoids. But if it isn’t, this definitely is advisable.
Additionally, Carotenoid supplements should work as a combating tool for all kinds of Vision related problems, as well as big time in regards to Immunity and does all kinds of other cool stuff that I touched upon earlier already.
Consequently, both of these groups of supplements should be approached as a combating tool. In this regard, the general tool for great health will be the multivitamin supplement.
If you aren’t taking any kind of multivitamin at the moment, in no way I’m forcing you to. That is completely and alone for you to decide.
However, we essentially can’t do without them, if we want to ensure the best health possible for ourselves.
Thus, if you’re supplementing only with preformed vitamin A and Carotenoids, there’s only so much it can do as nutrients tend to work synergistically (in conjunction with each other).
So, the reason No. 1, why the supplements may not provide any benefit, could simply be that you are not providing all the nutrients for your organism that it truly seeks and needs. A fix would be to add a multivitamin to your daily routine.
Another reason could be directly related to preformed vitamin A and Carotenoid supplements as combating tools. Meaning, there could be too less of them to actually make an impact.
Same goes for a lot of things in life – a person doesn’t get his daily dose of medicine for anxiety, he/she feels the anxiety throughout the day, a fireman is trying to put out a raging wildfire with 5 liters (about 1.3 gallons) of water, a construction worker is trying to build a 100 square-meter house with 100 stone bricks.
The more serious and deep-rooted the problem is that you’re trying to address, the harder and longer you might need to go at it. Yet still, this may vary from people to people. So, be extremely careful about this. Extremely careful. It’s much better to take a less potent supplement and ride it out long-term than screw your health big time with vitamin A overdose.
In this regard, for the sake of an example, and I’m not saying this would apply, but for the example’s sake. Let’s assume there are two people, both struggling with Acne.
One of them, let’s call her Sarah, regularly have somewhat small pimples on her cheeks with barely any breakouts (sudden, high-density outbreak of pimples). The other one, let’s call him Billy, regularly has huge pimples around his whole face with massive breakouts, disgusting breakouts.
So, although Billy’s overall condition is much, much worse, he might actually need less of vitamin A daily to somewhat fix his condition as oppose to what Sarah would need. Or, in other words, it can be very highly dependent on our own bodies individually as to how efficiently they are able to utilize certain nutrients (as well as it can be hugely determined by other lifestyle habits).
And this is how we arrive at the next possible reason.
While I fundamentally believe that we can heal our bodies and minds with proper nutrients and health habits, this still might not work for everyone.
You see, we all are different. For some, their bodies might naturally struggle (because of some not so good genes) to convert or absorb the nutrients needed to combat any condition you’re trying to address. It may not even be related to particularly vitamin A or the Carotenoids.
This could also be that another closely related system is somewhat or entirely compromised or not getting enough nutrients. So, the poor performance of that system influences the problem you’re trying to address.
Another common reason could be attacking only one of essentially 5 aspects of great health. Meaning, you’re taking the supplements, but you are leaving out proper food, regular exercise, good sleep and mindfulness practice.
For example, you’re using one of the 21 best vitamin A supplements and one of the 5 best Carotenoid supplements listed above, but at the same time you barely ever exercise, have a sitting job, sleep like 3 hours a night, and have way too much stress and processed sugar in your daily life.
This combination, without doubt, can potentially rob you of all health improvement or healing that you’re seeking.
All of the mentioned aspects have an enormous influence on your overall health and well-being.
For other reasons that could make you not feel the benefit of taking a vitamin A supplement, stay tuned for a future article.
Final Thoughts On Preformed Vitamin A & Carotenoids
Vitamin A is a great, great vitamin. It’s extremely important for having optimal health.
However, specialized Vitamin A supplements offer an abundance, essentially loads of vitamin A that is generally not really needed for great overall health.
In this regard, proper multivitamins will more often than not be more than enough in what accounts to the amounts of both preformed vitamin A and Mixed Forms of Carotenoids.
When, however, you’re trying to combat and to improve the condition of either Acne, Immunity, Fertility or Vision – both the additional amounts of preformed vitamin A and Carotenoids that the specialized supplements offer, have the potential to make all the difference.
But be extremely careful with this as it can backfire, if you’re being reckless with the amounts you’re taking.
Other than that, I hope you enjoyed the article. All comments are warmly welcome, even one line will be truly and sincerely appreciated.
Cheers, Stay Healthy and Have An Awesome Day, Everyone!