Vitamin C

Vitamin C is useful in maintaining connective tissues in the body and as an antioxidant. Vitamin C is essential for the formation of collagen, a very widely used product through the body. It helps the body to heal itself. Because vitamin C is water soluble it is lost easily from the body though urine. Cooking sources of vitamin C can destroy the Vitamin, so fresh uncooked food is best for consumption.

• Class of Vitamin: Water soluble (easily dissolves in water and is not stored in the body)

• What it does: Collagen synthesis, antioxidant, supports immune system, boosts iron absorption

• Good Sources: sweet red pepper, Brussels sprouts, grapefruit, sweet potato, orange juice, green peppers, broccoli, strawberries, bok choy.

• What happens if you consume too much of it: nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rashes, interference with medical tests and medications

• How much is too much: Adults= more than 2000 mg/day

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: Scurvy with pin point hemorrhages, fatigue, bleeding gums, bruises, joint pain, bone fragility, poor wound healing, frequent infections.

• Daily Requirement Intake: Men=90 mg/day

Women= 75 mg/day

Smokers=+35 mg/day

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.