“C” what works for you

“Orange” you glad vitamin C is good for you?   Surf the Internet and you will find conflicting opinions about the benefits of vitamin C in preventing or treating the common cold. Whether it lives up to the cold-fighting hype or not, experts agree that vitamin C is essential to our overall health.

How much is enough? The daily dose range for children is as follows: Ages 1 to 3 15 to 400 milligrams Ages 4 to 8 25 to 650 milligrams Ages 9 to 13 45 to 1,200 milligrams Ages 14 to 18 65 to 2,000 milligrams Make sure you do not rely too much on supplements for your child’s daily dose of vitamin C. Foods rich in vitamin C contain carotene and flavonoids, which naturally increase the effects of the vitamin.

Fruits such as cantaloupe, kiwis, oranges, strawberries, grapefruit and mangoes are good sources of vitamin C, as are veggies such as cauliflower, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, and kale. While calcium aids in the absorption of vitamin C, don’t get too carried away with the calcium-enriched fruit juices found in your grocery store. An eight-ounce glass of orange juice has 120 calories and 0 grams of fibre while an orange has only 60 calories and offers three grams of fibre.

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