Q&A With Our Dietitian: Vitamin C

What does vitamin C do for me in general?

Vitamin C helps maintain bone, muscle and blood vessel health. It aids iron absorption and is found naturally in most fruits and vegetables, and is also available in supplement form. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals which helps maintain a well-functioning immune system and supports healthy aging.

Will eating or taking more vitamin C prevent a cold?

Many studies have different results, and findings are just not consistent right now. Overall, experts find little to no benefit if you use vitamin C from food or supplements to fully prevent a cold, however, it could help improve symptoms and shorten the time of the sickness by 1-2 days, which can be a significant benefit for some!

What products contain vitamin C?

In addition to foods containing vitamin C, there are several over-the-counter supplements and powders that can be found at Main & Vine. They provide vitamin C in varying amounts, so always look at the total milligrams provided by each serving of a supplement. With any supplement, consult a doctor and/or pharmacist before starting anything new.

Is it ok if I take more or eat more vitamin C than the recommendation?

Generally speaking, vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin which means what the body does not absorb is excreted through the urine. Higher doses of vitamin C, especially if taken as a supplement in doses larger than 2,000 milligrams per day, could cause kidney stones, nausea and diarrhea, so ensure your supplementation regime keeps you below this limit.

What will help boost my immunity?

Several lifestyle choices can boost immunity and help the body fight illnesses. Aim for at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day and be sure one of them is high in vitamin C. If needed, take a multivitamin that includes vitamin C. Consider it a “nutrition safety net,” not a cure-all. Getting adequate sleep, practicing stress management and regular exercise will also boost immunity.

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