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Vitamin C for everything your body does

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 6:00 pm

"Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health," says Web MD. And no wonder, since it can play a role in everything from wound healing, immune support, high cholesterol, cataracts, diabetes, allergies and asthma, and periodontal disease. As a powerful antioxidant, it helps protect blood vessels and body tissues.

Did you know?

Vegetables begin to lose vitamin C as soon as they are cut.

However, this water-soluble essential vitmain is quick to leave the body, so daily replenishing of this important nutrient is impotant to long-term health. According to Dr. Weil, Vitamin C is naturally occuring in apples, asparagus, berries, broccoli, cabbage, melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon), cauliflower, citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges), kiwi, fortified foods (breads, grains, cereal), dark leafy greens (kale, spinach), peppers (especially red bell peppers, which have among the highest per-serving vitamin C content), potatoes, and tomatoes.

According to Dr. Andew Weil and the National Intsitute of Health (NIH), the required daily intake of Vitamin C for adults is as follows:

Men, 90 mg per day

Women, 75 mg per day

Pregnant women, 85 mg per day

Breastfeeding women, 120 mg per day

The reduired daily intake for children is just a fraction of the adult amount, but is just a vital to healthy development.

Toddlers 1-3 years old, 15 mg per day
Children 4-8 years old, 25 mg
Children 9-13 years old, 45 mg per day
Male teens 14-18 years old, 75 mg per day
Female teens 14-18 years old, 65 mg.

While upping the intake of Vitamin C periodically to a therapeutic dose under the supervision of a natural practitioner can be beneficial, but consuming too much Vitamin C can be harmful. The appropriate times to consume 250mg-400mg of Vitamin C is during injury, times of oxidative stress (i.e. smoking) and immune system support. The body will generally dispose of excess Vitamin C through urine, but consuming 2,000mg can lead to the formation of kidney stones, gastritis and diarrhea.

Did you know?

Water, cooking, heat and light all reduce the levels of the vitamin C available in food sources.

When you're sick, the last thing you want to do is go is to be eating leafy greens and citrus fruits. As mentioned before, the body is quick to dispose of Vitamin C - even when it needs it the most, like during a cold. This is why supplements like Ester-C® come in handy by keeping Vitamin C in your system for a full 24 hours to maximize absorbtion. Unlike other forms of Vitamin C, Calcium Ascrobate is an exclusive Ester-C formula that is non-acidic, making it gentler on the digestive tract that ascorbic acid, commonly used in other supplememts and naturally occurring in fruit. Available in pill, powder and to-go packs in a variety of delicious flavours in the Supplement Section of Healthy Foods & More!

 

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