Vitamin C

Vitamin C is required for the proper development and function of many parts of the body. It also plays an important role in maintaining a proper immune system, prevents bone loss and cartilage inadequacies associated with aging (Oz and Roizen, 2005).

Vitamin C was used for preventing and treating scurvy. These days, vitamin C is most commonly used for preventing and treating the common cold.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Some experts suggest taking 200 mg of vitamin C daily for COVID-19 prevention or 1-2 grams daily for COVID-19 treatment (WebMD, 2020). While these doses of vitamin C are likely safe, there is no good data to support benefit for COVID-19. If you opt to take vitamin C for COVID-19, be sure to follow a healthy lifestyle and proven prevention methods (WebMD, 20).

Most experts recommend getting vitamin C from a diet high in fruits and vegetables rather than taking supplements (WebMD, 2020). Either way, Vitamin C is good for the body. A great source is fresh-squeezed orange juice or fresh frozen concentrate, tomatoes and bell peppers.

Just keeping you informed and stay well!!!

References

Oz, M, and Roizen, M. (2005). YOU: The owner’s manual: An insider’s guide to the body that will make you healthier and younger, Harper Resource, New York, NY.

WebMD. (2020) VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID). Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1001/vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, RN

An experienced registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in all many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information.

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