Nutrition for the Brain: Vitamin A

Vitamin A for Brain Health

In the book “The Disconnected Kids The Nutrition Plan,” Dr. Robert Melillo explores the most important nutrients for brain health, like Vitamin A, which also happen to be vitamins and minerals that children with developmental issues like autism and ADHD are most commonly deficient. This series, “Nutrition for the Brain,” will explore the nutrients that are most important to brain development and childhood health.

Vitamin A: Vision and Brain Building

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant most recognized for eye health. It is also essential throughout life for proper brain function, specifically for gene regulation, neuron production and in the communication network of the brain.

Vitamin A Considerations for Children

Due to potential toxicity of too much Vitamin A, it is recommended that children get their Vitamin A from food. If using supplementation, choose the beta-carotene form of Vitamin A.

Kid Friendly Foods That Contain Vitamin A

Taking into consideration possible food sensitivities, the following kid friendly foods are our top ten picks and are great sources of Vitamin A.

  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Dried Apricots
  • Liver
  • Mango
  • Pumpkin
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes

More information on Vitamin A can be found on page 94 of my book “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan” and the National Institutes of Health website.



About the Book

Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of The Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain.

Disclaimer: The information presented on this web site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment of specific medical conditions. Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you and your family.

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