Turns Out, You Might Need More Vitamin C Than You Think – NewBeauty Magazine (blog)

You know when a cold is coming on. You feel achy, stuffy
and sneezy. So many of us reach for a bottle of vitamin C, which can help ward
off the symptoms of the common cold. But now experts are buzzing about the
daily need for vitamin C and why you probably need more of it than you already
get and the recommended daily allowance (RDA).

Joy Stephenson-Laws, founder of Proactive Health Labs, says
that while the recommended daily allowance for women of vitamin C is 75
milligrams, which is the equivalent of a medium-size orange, “Some people will
not get enough of the RDA because of a genetic deficiency and as a result,
supplements need to be taken or they need to eat more food that are rich in vitamin C to ensure that the body
absorbs an adequate amount.”

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“There are a
variety of studies which suggest that many Americans do not get the recommended
daily allowance. For example, in 2014, it was reported that inadequate intake of
vitamins tends to be more common among 14- to 18-year-old teenagers,” says
Stephenson-Laws.

So how can you
tell if you’re not getting enough vitamin C every day and if you need more?
Stephenson-Laws says the best way to tell is with a nutrient test. “That way you will know exactly how much to
take so you can achieve your optimal level. You might think that you are
consuming enough vitamin C, but your body may not be absorbing adequate amounts
or the food source does not have as much vitamin C as it should.”

The best
sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, citrus juices, red and green peppers,
broccoli, strawberries and tomatoes. “Certain foods and beverages are fortified
with vitamin C. To find out if vitamin C has been added to a food product, you
can check the product labels. It is important to bear in mind that the vitamin
C content of food may be reduced by prolonged storage and cooking,” says
Stephenson-Laws. “Steaming certain foods may reduce the loss of vitamin C from
cooking. However, many of the best food sources of vitamin C, such as fruits
and vegetables, are usually eaten raw.”

Not only can a
vitamin C deficiency result in a decreased ability to heal wounds, but it can also
cause dry skin and hair, gingivitis and bleeding gums.

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