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Tips for Supplementation


Tips for supplementation

Since, the diet itself contains adequate amounts of the vitamin, supplementation of vitamin C is usually not required.

Healthy adults will benefit with 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to one multivitamin supplement each day. Fresh fruits and vegetables are endowed with vitamin C antioxidants and many other anti -cancer phytochemicals.

The need for vitamin C may be high in certain groups of individuals. Therefore, these individuals (mentioned below) need to take special care to include servings of fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet.

  • Old individuals with insufficient vitamin C intake.
  • Women who take birth control pills (with estrogen), as this can lead to lower levels of Vitamin C in blood.
  • Patients on aspirin have increased excretion of vitamin C and therefore need supplementation.
  • Anemic patients who take iron tablets have to take vitamin C supplements to enhance iron absorption.
  • Vitamin C supplementation is generally advised for pregnant women as well.
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