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Vitamin C – See the benefits!

Vitamin C may be the most familiar of all nutrients for its strong benefits. Since we can’t self produce Vitamin C, we need to absorb it through food or supplements. It is always best to receive your vitamins through natural foods however, it’s not always obtainable. This is where vitamin supplements are beneficial. Receiving Vitamin C from natural foods such as green vegetables and fruits are the best ways to absorb Vitamin C. Did you know that Papaya, bell peppers, and broccoli have the largest amounts of Vitamin C? Eating healthy has nothing but positive benefits for your body such as a stronger immune system, heightened alertness, and clear thinking 1. Vitamin C is also commonly known for its benefits for your skin, brain, and immune system which I will go into further discussion below.

How much vitamin C do you need? Below is a chart listing average daily recommended intake rates for people of different ages 1.

Life Stage Recommended Amount
Birth to 6 months

40 mg

Infants 7–12 months

50 mg

Children 1–3 years

15 mg

Children 4–8 years

25 mg

Children 9–13 years

45 mg

Teens 14–18 years (boys)

75 mg

Teens 14–18 years (girls)

65 mg

Adults (men)

90 mg

Adults (women)

75 mg

Pregnant teens

80 mg

Pregnant women

85 mg

Breastfeeding teens

115 mg

Breastfeeding women

120 mg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below we will discuss a few of the benefits and why you should really consume the recommended amount each day!

Vitamin C has many benefits that goes unnoticed throughout the year but can really help you during winter. Did you know that vitamin C can reduce the length and severity of cold? According to the NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements, people who are exposed to cold weather can consume 250 milligrams of vitamin C daily to reduce the chance of catching a cold by up to 50% 2!

You probably don’t associate wound care healing with vitamin C either. Collagen is part of the skins connective tissue which is needed in order for form a closure for a wound such as scraps, cuts, or gashes. The body needs vitamin C in order form collagen and to speed up the healing process for your wounds 2. People with skin ulcers can especially benefit from a healthy dose of vitamin C to help the healing process of these open wounds. Skin care companies often place vitamin C in their lotions because of the benefits to help prevent wrinkles and tighten your skin definition. Vitamin C in lotions assists with slow aging to protect the skin from the sun, pollutants, and other environmental hazards as well 4.

Vitamin C is necessary to make certain neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are the signals that carry thoughts, feelings and commands throughout our brains. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is affected by the most commonly used medications for depression. While it doesn’t combat depression directly, it has been used to as an overall mood support assistant 1. Eat healthy and be happy!

Below are some products that are ways to receive vitamin C.

 

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Betancourt Essentials Vitamin C 100 Tablets – 100 soft gel pills

This is a direct method to consume your daily amount of vitamin C. These pills are typically taken in the morning so your body can break down and use this vitamin all day. This is a great way to help promote a healthy immune system.

 

 

Emergen-C Bone Health Formula – Powder form added to glass of wateremergen-c-bone-health-formula-215360-MEDIUM

Emergen-C Bone Health Formula in conjunction with adequate nutrition and weight bearing exercise, is an important component for maintaining peak bone mass at all ages. 500 mg of Vitamin C as 7 mineral ascorbates, 250 mg of extremely soluble forms of Calcium with Vitamin D and Magnesium. The added Vitamins C & D aid maximum calcium absorption – so your bones will really feel the good. And you taste buds will enjoy the mixed berry flavor.

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of vitamin C nutritional supplements to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are combating health problems above or are looking to better yourself, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your health wellness needs.

  1.  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=109
  2. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-QuickFacts/
  3. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-vitamin-c-zinc-5814.html
  4. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1001.html
Dan works in Product Management at Allegro Medical with a focus on providing new and empowering products that help customers improve their quality of life.