Vitamin A is actually a whole family of compounds, including retinol, retinal, retinoid, carotenes, and carotenoids. It always occurs in nature with synergists such as fatty acids. Retinol, retinal, and retinoid are found in foods of animal origin such as egg yolk, liver, fish, butter, and cheese. These forms of vitamin A are ready to be used by the body, directly from the food, and are called Preformed vitamin A.
We use unrefined COD LIVER OIL by Springreen, which is a rich and excellent source of natural whole vitamin A, vitamin D, and the essential fatty acids eicosapentaenoic (EPA), and docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids. Most vitamin A supplements contain only retinyl palmitate which is not vitamin A. It’s just one part of the whole vitamin A molecule. The chromatogram below shows the difference between the synthetic version vs. the WHOLE vitamin A molecule.
On the left, the synthetic version, made from chemically altered or refined sources, is devoid of the winged or leaf pattern seen in natural products. On the right, the whole food version from Cod Liver Oil has the winged pattern found in all natural oils. This whole food version contains all the necessary synergists for proper absorption and use in the body.
The whole vitamin A complex, not just retinyl palmitate, is necessary for normal function and health of skin and mucous membranes, (tissues of the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and genital tracts) vision, growth, and reproduction.
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