Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Vitamin C for Mothers and Their Children

If you do not have any knowledge about vitamin C then how do you expect your child to learn about it? Take the time to educate yourself about this essential vitamin and then you will be able to incorporate it into your daily life and the life of your child (or children) as well.

There are 13 types of vitamins that are required by the human body for growth and development and vitamin C is one of these. Vitamins are broken down into fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins and vitamin C happens to be a water-soluble vitamin. Water-soluble means that the vitamin is not stored in the body for any long span of time and therefore it must be replenished on a consistent basis.

The benefits of vitamin C for everyone

Vitamin C is one of the most important of all of the vitamins as it performs many different functions. Collagen is the most plentiful of all of the tissues in the body and vitamin C is necessary for the development of collagen which is then needed for the development of healthy bones, skin, cartilage and muscles. Vitamin C ensures that collagen remains as connective, strong and healthy as possible. Vitamin C works as a defense mechanism against any injuries, infections or diseases that threaten the collagen in any way.

Vitamin C encourages the production of red blood cells that are found in bone marrow and these cells serve to increase the healing time for wounds as well as cutting down on the possibility that hemorrhaging will take place. Vitamin C plays a role in keeping the capillaries healthy and it is required for the formation of many neurotransmitters and hormones in the body. Vitamin C is beneficial to the production of hemoglobin and it works overtime to decrease the possibility that blood clots will develop as blood clots can be deadly.

Vitamin C is closely tied in with the immune system and the adrenal glands and is well acquainted with what happens to the body when it is under a great deal of stress. When the immune system is overworked, and infection or a disease threatens the health of an individual, vitamin C plays a key role in helping the person stay healthy. The adrenal glands are given a tremendous boost by the work of this essential vitamin. Vitamin C chases away infections as soon as possible and it contributes to the development and maintenance of strong teeth and healthy gums. Periodontal disease is also believed to be decreased when a person consumes adequate amounts of vitamin C on a regular basis.

Cancer patients can be aided by the consumption of vitamin C as it serves to help with the white blood cell count. A substance known as nitrosamine is believed to be carcinogenic (in other words, cancer causing) and this essential vitamin works to block the manufacturing of this dangerous substance in the human body. Vitamin C also plays a paramount role in helping to repair wounds that occur on the inside as well as the outside of the body. Anemia is not only helped by the mineral iron by vitamin C as well.

Vitamin C is responsible for aiding in the metabolism of iron, folic acid, tyrosine and phenylalanine. The body with the help of vitamin C utilizes carbohydrates more efficiently and fats and proteins are also more successfully synthesized. Not only that but vitamin C helps to promote the absorption of the minerals iron and calcium and it works hard to decrease the production of harmful free radicals in the body. This essential vitamin also provides protection against cardiovascular disease.

The benefits of vitamin C continue

But that is not all. Vitamin C helps the human body in many other ways as well. Vitamin C decreases the level of cholesterol in the blood and it reduces the toxic effect of alcohol and other types of drugs in the system. Vitamin C is theorized to play a role in decreasing the incidence of infertility in men and it can help those who are diagnosed with the sexually transmitted disease, herpes. More and more research into vitamin C is proving that it really is comparable to a wonder vitamin or akin to a wonder drug. Vitamin C is believed to help slow the process of aging and for those confined to bed, it increases the time that it takes bed sores to heal and go away. Research has borne out the finding that allergies are prevented from gaining a foothold due to vitamin C usage. Finally research into vitamin C has also shown that it helps to decrease the sometimes debilitating symptoms that go along with arthritis and also to positively help to improve upon ulcers that develop on the skin.

How much vitamin C is enough? - Look to the RDA for help

The U.S. has RDA guidelines that specifically detail what the recommended daily intake of vitamin C is based on age and gender. For example, it is recommended that newborns who range in age from one to six months need 30 mg of vitamin C while this increases to 35 mg for infants who are six to twelve months of age. A child from the ages of one to three years needs to consume 40 mg of vitamin C every day while a child who is four to six years of age requires 45 mg on a daily basis. The recommendations for a child who is seven to ten years of age are the same as a four to six year old which is 45 mg per day while the preteen to early teenaged years of 11 to 14 necessitates that the individual requires 50 mg of vitamin C daily for health and development.

When it comes to teenaged girls and boys between the ages of 15 to 18 years the required amounts of vitamin C are different based on gender considerations. Teenaged girls from the ages of 15 to 18 require 65 mg of this essential vitamin on a day-to-day basis while teenaged boys from age 15 to 18 need even more to fulfill their daily requirements. Teenaged boys between the ages of 15 to 18 require 75 mg of vitamin C each and every day to promote health and encourage proper development.

The recommended daily allowance for men and women over the age of 18 is different according to the RDA guidelines. On a daily basis females over the age of 18 require 75 mg of vitamin C every day while males of the same age need 90 mg per day. It is women who are breastfeeding that require the greatest quantities of vitamin C on a daily basis. During the first six months of breastfeeding a woman requires 95 mg of vitamin C on a daily basis while for the second six-month period of time she requires 90 mg on a day-to-day basis. Be aware that nicotine depletes vitamin C from the human body and therefore people that smoke should take in an extra 35 mg of vitamin C per day above and beyond their regular daily quota.

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