We all know that Vitamin C is very important, but just how much do you need?
I’m sure we were all told from a very young age, that if we didn’t get enough Vitamin C, we would get scurvy. Well, we aren’t pirates, but that advice seems to have worked because pretty much everyone knows that Vitamin C is important, especially for women.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, meaning that we can’t function without it. It helps tissue growth/repair through the formation of collagen, helps heal wounds, maintain teeth and bones, and works as an antioxidant, which helps fight heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and Alzheimers.
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For all those reasons, its super important to make sure you don’t have a Vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms of such an issue are:
Weakness and fatigue
Muscle and joint pain
Split ends/dry skin
Wounds that wont heal
The recommended daily allowances for women are:
75mg/day for adult women
85mg/day for women who are pregnant
120mg/day for women who are breastfeeding
If you are a smoker, add an additional 35 mg/day. These levels are pretty basic, but you can safely consume more without adverse side effects. A safe bet is to eat fruits and vegetables often, and pad that with a 500 mg supplement daily.
Vitamin C is one of the most important things you can consume, as it helps with everything from cartilage formation to fighting cancer. Just be mindful of that when you are at the supermarket in the vegetable aisle!
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