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Immune Support #2 - courtesy of Karina Paskin Clinical Nutritionist

Vitamin C

 

IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT #2
from Karina Paskin, our awesome Clinical Nutritionist

WHO NEEDS VITAMIN C?
We all require Vitamin C at every stage of life, it’s not just for sailors who need to ward off scurvy!

HOW DOES IT HELP MY IMMUNITY?
• Is required for defence against oxidative stress
• Most abundant antioxidant in the body
• Protects immune cells from oxidative stress
• High doses can be used to increase immune cell function

WHAT FOODS HAVE VITAMIN C?
• Citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons
• Blackcurrants, guava, paw paw, strawberries
• Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage
• Parsely, sweet potato, tomatoes
Heat destroys Vitamin C, so it’s important to eat some uncooked sources of Vitamin C to ensure maximum levels of Vitamin C.

HOW MUCH VITAMIN C DO I NEED?
The National Health and Research Council per day recommends:
Infants: 400 mg
Children: 650-1200 mg
Adults:1800 mg
Pregnancy/Lactation: 1800 mg

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