20 Facts about Vitamin C

20 Facts about Vitamin C | Healthbiztips
20 Facts about Vitamin C | Healthbiztips
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20 Facts about Vitamin C | Healthbiztips

You may recognize Vitamin C as the vitamin you take to boost your immune system, especially during times when you want to avoid getting infected with a disease such as common cold.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan | health blog

Let's dive into the facts about Vitamin C.

1. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that's popular in preventing and reversing premature aging, boosting the immune system, and repairing cell damages.

2. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which means your body is not capable of storing it.

3. Humans eliminate vitamin C through urination. Therefore, they have to replenish this vitamin through their diet.

4. The dietary reference intake for Vitamin C for adult is 75 mg for female and 90 mg for male.

5. The recommended dietary allowance for Vitamin C is:

  • 0-6 months 40 mg
  • 7-12 months 50 mg
  • 1-3 yrs 15 mg
  • 4-8 yrs 25 mg
  • 9-13 yrs male 45 mg
  • 9-13 yrs female 45 mg
  • 14-18 yrs male: 75 mg
  • 14-18 yrs female: 65 mg
  • 19-70 yrs male 90 mg
  • 19-70 yrs female: 75 mg
  • 14-18 yrs pregnant:  80 mg
  • 19-50 yrs pregnant:  85 mg
  • 14-18 yrs breastfeeding mother: 115 mg
  • 19-30 yrs breastfeeding mother: 120 mg

6. The upper limit of daily vitamin C intake is 2000 mg. Too much intake of Vitamin C can cause nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, fatigue, insomnia, drowsiness, and flushed skin.

7. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid.

8. Vitamin C has an anti-inflammatory property.

9. Vitamin C is unstable. It degrades easily when expose to sunlight and extremes of temperature.

10. Taking Vitamin C can decrease the duration of certain diseases.

11. Vitamin C is essential to the normal functioning of a human body that without it, you will develop a disease called "scurvy" which is characterized by swelling of the gums, falling off of teeth, bleeding, muscle pain, and anemia. Scurvy can lead to death if left untreated.

12. Vitamin C is easy to find. You can easily obtain vitamin C from fruits, vegetables, and enriched processed foods.

13. If you want to increase your gut's non heme iron absorption from plant sources, consume iron-rich foods together with Vitamin C.

14. You need Vitamin C in order for your body to make collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body that makes up the structural support of skin, muscle, tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, and internal organs.

15. Humans can't produce vitamin C so they have to get this essential vitamin from the foods and beverages that they consume.

16. Among the best sources of Vitamin C includes citrus fruits, strawberries, grapefruits, guava, kiwifruits, broccoli, peppers, spinach, cauliflower, tomatoes, papaya, and pineapples.

17. Vitamin C has been revealed in several research to prevent the development of cancer.

18. Your body needs Vitamin C in order to manufacture carnitine, a compound that facilitates the transport of fat into the cells.

19. Without Vitamin C, your body will not be able to produce the neurotransmitter norepenephrine.

20. Research has shown that even high intake of Vitamin C does not increase a person's risk of developing kidney stones.



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