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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that your body needs.Why is vitamin C so important to our bodies? Let’s explore…According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, “Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. Unlike most mammals and other animals, humans do not have the ability to make ascorbic acid and must obtain vitamin C from the diet.” Vitamin C helps the body form and maintain connective tissues, which include bones, blood vessels and your skin. Nobel-Prize winning scientist Linus Pauling has claimed, that high doses of vitamin C can prevent cancer and can be used to fight off the common cold.  Vitamin C does this because it is a powerful antioxidant. It can rid the body of damaging toxins, and builds collagen, the structural material needed for bones, and skin.

 

The National Institutes of Health, recommends doses of Vitamin C as follows:

Table 1: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin C [8]
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
0–6 months 40 mg* 40 mg*
7–12 months 50 mg* 50 mg*
1–3 years 15 mg 15 mg
4–8 years 25 mg 25 mg
9–13 years 45 mg 45 mg
14–18 years 75 mg 65 mg 80 mg 115 mg
19+ years 90 mg 75 mg 85 mg 120 mg
Smokers Individuals who smoke require 35 mg/day
more vitamin C than nonsmokers.

* Adequate Intake (AI)

 

Vitamin C can be found in the following foods:

 

Red pepper

Orange

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Green Pepper

Broccoli

Strawberries

Brussel Sprouts

Tomatoes

Cantaloupe

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Potato

Spinach

Lemon

Lime

Green Peas

And the list can go on…

 

Vitamin C intake is essential for a healthy body. From wound healing, collagen production, cancer prevention and warding off the common cold. Make sure you get your daily intake and keep that powerful antioxidant running through your body.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Health & Wellness | February 25 th , 2015 | 0 Comments


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