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:
|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:
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.