Vitamin c

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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for human health. It is an important antioxidant that plays a crucial role in many bodily functions, including the production of collagen, absorption of iron, and maintenance of a healthy immune system. In this article, we will explore the importance of vitamin C, its sources, and the recommended daily intake.

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Importance of Vitamin C

Sources of Vitamin C

  • The body cannot produce vitamin C on its own, so it must be obtained through the diet or supplements. Some of the best sources of vitamin C include:
  • Citrus fruits: Oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are excellent sources of vitamin C.
  • Berries: Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are also good sources of vitamin C.
  • Vegetables: Broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and red and green peppers are all high in vitamin C.
  • Supplements: Vitamin C supplements are also available in pill or powder form.
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Recommended Daily Intake

  • The recommended daily intake of vitamin C varies depending on age and other factors. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the recommended daily intake for vitamin C is:
  • Infants 0-12 months: 40-50 milligrams (mg)
  • Children 1-3 years: 15-25 mg
  • Children 4-8 years: 25-50 mg
  • Children 9-13 years: 45-75 mg
  • Teens 14-18 years: 65-90 mg
  • Adults 19 years and older: 75-90 mg for women and 90 mg for men
  • It is important to note that smokers require higher amounts of vitamin C, as smoking can deplete the body's vitamin C levels.

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