Think Twice Before Buying The Vitamin C Supplement

Has anyone grown up with Haliborange? I remembered how my mom used to feed me a spoon of Haliborange each time after breakfast and I always asked for one more extra spoon since the orange tasted good. I never knew back then it was vitamin C.

There is a saying: take vitamin C for confidence. What a quote! And I do believe vitamin C is the most famous vitamin compared to her other siblings – vitamin A, B, D, E, and K.

The most probable reason why people take vitamin C is the idea of it fights the common cold and smooths our skin.

Vitamin C supports normal growth and development, helps the absorption of iron, helping wounds heal, protecting cells from damage, keeping blood vessels, skin, bones, and cartilage healthy. 

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It is an essential vitamin. Our body doesn’t produce or store it, hence it is important to include vitamin C in our healthy, balanced diet.

The recommended daily intake of vitamin C for women and men is 75 and 90 mg respectively. Whilst the best source of vitamin C is from fruits and vegetables. Fruits like guava, grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, papaya, strawberries and vegetables such as capsicum, broccoli, and cauliflower are rich in vitamin C, and forget not — are natural sources as well.

Vitamin C In Megadoses

The upper limit of vitamin C is 2,000 mg a day and 1,000 mg per day counted as megadoses. Supplementing our body with high amounts of vitamin C provides disadvantages to our health. 

The adverse effects of megadoses might cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal cramps, headache, insomnia, and flatulence. 

For some people, taking large doses of vitamin C per day on a regular basis will increase the risk of developing kidney stones. At high doses, a significant amount of vitamin C is converted to oxalate in the body. A large amount of oxalate would then be present in the urine where it could combine with calcium to form calcium oxalate stones. 

Anyone with a high risk of this problem should not exceed the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C — 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men.

Vitamin C also enhances iron absorption. Suggested for pregnant women with low hemoglobin to take iron tablets together with vitamin C supplements. There is a study found that iron absorption increased by 67% when taking 100 mg of vitamin C with a meal.

Anyone having hemochromatosis should be cautious with vitamin C supplements to avoid iron overload which can lead to serious damage to the heart, liver, pancreas, thyroid, and central nervous system. 

Buying The Vitamin C Supplement – The Decision Is Yours

Most vitamin C supplements for adults sold in pharmacies are megadoses and the price varies from one brand to another brand. Some are quite affordable, but some are too expensive to buy.

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If you are a normal person, have no sign of vitamin C deficiency, take a healthy, balanced meal — eat a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, and fish, then you can consider thinking twice before buying vitamin C supplements over the counter. 

Do you really need a vitamin C supplement in large doses and at the end of the day, the excessive vitamin is excreted through urine (only a small amount is needed by our body)? Moreover, taking a megadose can increase the risk of side effects.

Though there is no real downside to taking a 500 mg vitamin C supplement daily, in my opinion, it is a waste of money to buy vitamin C when you can easily get it through your daily meal. 

But if you insist on buying a vitamin C supplement, kindly get the products from reliable sources to ensure quality and safety and evaluate the manufacturer’s health claims carefully.

The decision is yours.

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