Why Vitamin-C is important for your children

by Health Mart

In the early years of a child’s life, it is important that they receive the necessary vitamins and minerals to aid in their development and growth. While a balanced diet can be enough for a child to meet their daily requirements, supplements can be taken in order to fulfil deficiencies. The significance of Vitamin C in safeguarding your child’s health cannot be understated. 

Improves skin health and wound healing

Children who are active may need extra protection from cuts, bruises and injuries. That is where Vitamin C can help. Vitamin C helps synthesize collagen, which is a protein found mostly in connective tissues in the body. With the help of vitamin C, collagen strengthens the gums, teeth, skin, muscles and bones, and aids in the healing of wounds.

 

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Aids in iron absorption

Iron is a mineral that has many important roles in the body. Most notably, it helps in the production of hemoglobin, which is what transports oxygen to the organs and muscles. However, iron deficiency is a common problem amongst children. This is largely because of the rapid increase of iron needs during periods of growth and development. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron from food, allowing it to be used for its different functions.


Supports the immune system

Vitamin C has been known for its properties that fortify the immune system. This is because it supports multiple functions in the body that promote a healthy immune response. For example, it helps in the production of white blood cells, which is essential to ward off infections. In some cases, a regular intake of Vitamin C can prevent you from catching a cold. However, there is more research that suggests that it lessens the duration and severity of the virus. 


Recommended daily intake

According to the National Institute of Health, the recommended daily intake depends on your age. 


Life Stage

Recommended Amount

Birth to 6 months

40 mg

Infants 7–12 months

50 mg

Children 1–3 years

15 mg

Children 4–8 years

25 mg

Children 9–13 years

45 mg

Teens 14–18 years (boys)

75 mg

Teens 14–18 years (girls)

65 mg


If you are concerned that your child is not getting an ample amount of Vitamin C in their diet, consider giving them supplements. However, it is always important to check with your doctor first.


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