Vitamin C is an important nutrient that has been in the spotlight since the COVID pandemic took over the world. It helps us in various ways such as repair and growth of body tissues, collagen formation and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. However, there is a lot of false information going around about vitamin C due to its increased popularity during COVID. Here are 5 myths about vitamin C and the truths behind it.
- There is no such thing as too much vitamin C
Vitamin C has an upper limit set at 2,000 milligrams per day. The excess is excreted through the kidneys through the urine, but as long as it remains in the body, it has side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and kidney stones. Taking every nutrient in the right amounts is essential.
- The more you have it, the better the immunity
According to experts, 75 mg of vitamin C per day is sufficient for an adult woman, and 90 g is prescribed for an adult man. This amount is enough to reap the benefits of the nutrient such as increased immunity, cell growth, among others.
- The richest source of vitamin C is orange
Peppers, guavas, plums, parsley and kiwis are foods that contain more vitamin C than oranges. Peppers provide 128 mg of vitamin C per 100 g.
- Vitamin C cures COVID
There is no evidence to prove this claim. Vitamin C has been popular since the onset of COVID for its ability to reduce colds. Since both the common cold and COVID are respiratory diseases, this myth came into the picture. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and an immunity booster to some extent, protecting the body from viral attacks to some extent. But it is certainly not a cure for COVID
- Vitamin C is just an immunity booster
It is not only helpful in enhancing immunity, but also aids in cell growth, improves skin health, regulates blood vessels, speeds up wound healing process, and helps lower urine levels in the blood to prevent gout.
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