The Vitamin Guide Series: A-Z – Volume 10
Vitamin C – Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is essential for the manufacturing of collagen & essential for tissue repair.
Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by every day life. Vitamin C is needed for the growth & repair of tissues in all parts of your body, particularly fascia, tendons & ligaments.
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Vitamin C provides protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, & even skin wrinkling.
- Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, & blood vessels
- Heal wounds & form scar tissue
- Repair & maintain cartilage, bones, & teeth
- Aid in the absorption of iron
The Minimum Amount of Vitamin C per day…
- Men age 19 & older: 90 mg/day
- Women age 19 year & older: 75 mg/day
- Pregnant women: 85 mg/day
- Breastfeeding women: 120 mg/day
On average, the daily requirement for most people will be one to three grams (1000-3000mg).
Sometimes the RDA is just simply not enough. So most people will need more than the governments recommend daily allowance. Try supplementing a gram per day & see how that makes you feel.
If you take too much it will upset your stomach and you may end up with a portion of guacamole in your pants! That would mean it’s time to cut back a little. But likely you’ll feel a lot better for taking in around three grams.
Foods that Contain Vitamin C….
Fruits with the highest sources of vitamin C include:
- Citrus fruits & juices, such as orange & grapefruit
- Kiwi fruit
- Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, & cranberries
Vegetables with the highest sources of vitamin C include:
- Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, & cauliflower
- Green & red peppers
- Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, & other leafy greens
- Sweet & white potatoes
- Tomatoes & tomato juice
- Winter squash
The Bottom Line…Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin.
Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need an ongoing supply of such vitamin, which includes Vitamin C in your diet.
I always supplement a little vitamin C every day. As I said above, one to three grams per day should do the trick. You take that all is one go or spread it out.
Until we speak again…
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