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Nutritionist debunks myths about vitamin C

Nutritionist debunks myths about vitamin C Nutritionist dispels myths about vitamin C (photo: Freepik)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

An essential antioxidant of natural origin that is important for people is vitamin C. It is so important for the body that legends are already being written around it, according to nutritionist Vira Kuryn.

What myths should not be believed

Vitamin C protects against SARS

Many people think that vitamin C should be taken in large quantities to stimulate the immune system and reduce the risk of getting SARS. However, this is a myth.

It is worth knowing that when large doses of vitamin C are ingested, its absorption in the intestines decreases, and excess is quickly excreted.

Most of the vitamin is in oranges

The best source of vitamin C, lemons and oranges, is a myth.

Citrus fruits are rich in ascorbic acid, but they are far from the first place. The leaders in vitamin C content are rose hips, bell peppers, and black currants.

Vitamin C reduces the risk of cancer

It is also a myth that taking vitamin C helps reduce the risk of developing cancer.

The nutritionist says that there are no evidence-based scientific studies that have in any way confirmed the relationship between vitamin C hypovitaminosis and the risk of developing cancer.

The norm of vitamin C

The daily intake of vitamin C varies:

  • for women - 75 mg;
  • for men - 90 mg;
  • for children 5-8 years old - 25 mg;
  • for children 8-13 years old - 45 mg;
  • for adolescents 14-18 years old - 65-75 mg.

Add another 35 mg of the vitamin to the norm if you smoke. After all, smoking reduces the amount of vitamin C in the body.