Kids and Vitamin C
It’s important to get enough vitamin C into your kids’ diet!
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid is water soluble vitamin that is not stored in the body and must be replaced each day. Kids need to ingest it from their diet or supplements (high doses of vitamins are not recommended).
Vitamin C is important for maintaining a healthy immune system, helps the body fight stress and enhances collagen production that are needed for healthy skin, cartilage, bones, teeth & connective tissue. It also helps in increasing iron and calcium absorption. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant that helps to prevent free-radical cell damage that comes from environmental pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, herbicides and unhealthy foods.
A deficiency of vitamin C can cause different types of diseases and sickness. Scurvy is the most common disease caused by severe and chronic vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms include fatigue, bleeding gums, loose teeth, bruising, dry hair and skin, poor wound healing, and anaemia.
Most fruits and vegetables contain some amount of vitamin C. Good sources of vitamin C including green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, kiwi fruit, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, guava, blackcurrants, parsley and tomato.