Perfect Combo: PROTEIN and VITAMIN A
There is a unique relationship between Protein and Vitamin A. Animal studies from Furusho et al (1) have shown that vitamin A reserves held within the liver are diminished when a high protein diet is eaten. Vitamin A is seen to increase in the rest of the body during this time. One theory as to why this is the case is that protein is the key to vitamin A transport and utilization within the body (2).
In short, vitamin A is depleted in the liver by a high protein diet, but it is also needed for new protein synthesis in the case of athletes or bodybuilders, for example. If protein is eaten without fat — as is the case with eating strictly lean diets — you may find that precious fat-soluble vitamins (such as Vitamin A!) will be depleted from your system more rapidly. “The combination of a high-protein diet that depletes vitamin A and a low-fat diet that fails to provide vitamin A is a clear recipe for deficiency of this vital nutrient” (3).
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(1) Furusho, et. al.,“Tissue specific-distribution and metabolism of vitamin A are affected by dietary protein levels in rats,” Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1998; 68(5):287-92.
(2) Narbonne, et. al.,“Protein metabolism in vitamin A deficient rats. II. Protein synthesis in striated muscle,” Ann Nutr Aliment. 1978; 32(1):59-75.
(3) Masterjohn, C. (2004). Vitamin A, The Forgotten Bodybuilding Nutrient, Wise Traditions.