March is National Nutrition Month, and today we are focusing on Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin needed for growth and development. Functions of Vitamin C help heal wounds and form scar tissue it also repairs and maintains cartilage, bones and teeth. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which are nutrients that help block damage from free radicals (which the build up over time of free radicals contributes to the aging process, like cigarette smoke). The RDA for adult men is 90 mg/day and adult women 75 mg/ day. Vitamin C can be found in fruits and vegetables. Some of the highest sources are cantaloupe (1 cup 75 mg), oranges (one medium 70 mg), grapefruits (1/2 size 47 mg), broccoli (one medium stalk 134 mg), brussell sprouts (1/2 cup boiled 48mg) and cauliflower (one cup 46 mg), with cooking vegetables lose some of the vitamin C content.
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