VITAMIN C: ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH?


VITAMIN C

  • must be consumed in food or supplements because it cannot be made in our bodies

  • essential for many of our body systems to function properly

  • important for the immune system; one of the most important antioxidants

  • required with people who are diabetic; glucose competes with vitamin C to enter the cells leaving the cells deficient in Vitamin C

DAILY REQUIREMENTS

The daily requirements are different for each of us depending on our age and our lifestyle habits; the recommended daily requirement for Men is 90 mg. and for Women is 75 mg.

If you are a smoker, have gastrointestinal issues or are dealing with cancer you may be more susceptible to deficiency.

The daily upper limit for Vitamin C is between 400-2000 milligrams (depending on age)

SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY

  • bleeding gums

  • cardiovascular disease

  • easy bruising

  • fatigue

  • frequent infections

  • slow wound healing

  • joint pain

  • loose teeth

  • scurvy

  • weight loss

CAUSES OF DEFICIENCY

  • aging

  • antibiotics

  • aspirin use

  • birth control use

  • cortisone

  • diabetes mellitus

  • high blood pressure

  • high fever

  • painkillers

  • smoking

  • stress

  • sulfa drug use

FOOD SOURCES

  • red chilli peppers

  • guavas

  • red sweet peppers

  • kale leaves

  • parsley

  • collard greens

  • turnip greens

  • green sweet peppers

  • broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Bok Choy

  • Butter Nut Squash

  • Mustard greens

  • Watercress

  • Cauliflower

  • Red cabbage

  • Strawberries

  • Papayas

  • Spinach

  • Oranges

  • Orange juice

  • Cabbage

  • Lemon juice

  • grapefruit

  • kiwi

  • mango

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Jenny

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