Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that can play a vital role in seniors’ health and wellness. Its known for supporting the immune system, and maybe that’s why most of us associate the need for it with the cold and flu season.
The Daily Intake of Vitamin C:
The recommended daily dose of Vitamin C is 90 milligrams for adult men and 75 milligrams for adult women. As our bodies can’t produce Vitamin C, we absorb it from foods that naturally contain it or from supplements. Certain seniors should be careful of their Vitamin C intake as it can interact with some medications. It’s better to check with the doctor before adding supplements to their diet.
Foods That Are High in Vitamin C:
- Citrus Fruits
- Strawberries, Blueberries, and Cranberries
- Leafy Greens
- Bell Peppers
- Brussels Sprouts
The Health Benefits of Vitamin C:
- Helps encourage the production of white blood cells, which help protect the body against infection.
- Increases the levels of blood antioxidants.
- Reduces the duration and severity of colds.
- Strengthens the skin’s defense system and shortens wound healing time.
- Helps repair and maintain healthy bones, teeth, and cartilage.
- Improves the absorption of iron.