Here’s an alarming fact: According to 2008 National Survey of FNRI-DOST, 7 out of 10 children experience lack of Vitamin C in their daily diet. A child with a Vitamin C deficiency would have these symptoms: weak immunity and resistance, which means he/she can easily catch colds or coughs, and slow healing of wounds.
Vitamin C with Iron and Zinc are among the nutrients your child needs to stay healthy. And with proper nutrition, the problem of micronutrient deficiency can be avoided.
What else do you need to know about Vitamin C? Here are six facts to keep in mind:
1. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption.
First, it’s important to know what Iron is for. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iron is needed to produce hemoglobin which carries oxygen from our lungs throughout the body. What Vitamin C does is it helps your child’s body absorb non-heme iron or iron from plant sources of food, such as beans and lentils, among others, by as much as two to four times.
2. Vitamin C helps protect the body from free radicals.
These highly reactive chemicals can potentially harm cells. Vitamin C is among many anti-oxidants found in food which interact with free radicals. Vitamin C neutralizes them, preventing further damage to the body’s cells.
3. Vitamin C helps protect the body from infection.
Vitamin C plays an important role in the function of phagocytes. These cells protect the body engulfing harmful bacteria, foreign particles, and dead or dying cells. A failure of the phagocytes to perform their function normally may contribute to the impairment of the response to infection, evident in Vitamin C deficiency.
4. Vitamin C can be absorbed through food.
What are Vitamin C-rich foods? The Food Exchange Lists and Meal Planning for Filipinos (FNRI-DOST, 1994) lists guava, dalanghita, guyabano, green and ripe manga, ripe papaya, pomelo, strawberry, atis, and malunggay leaves as foods you can take to get your dose of Vitamin C. In the Philippines, the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI) (FNRI-DOST, 2002) for four to six-year-old children is equivalent to four pieces of calamansi, one slice of mango, or a piece of orange.
5. Vitamin C deficiency is a serious condition.
When your child is Vitamin C-deficient, the earliest symptoms would present as weakness and lassitude. Severe scurvy results in loss of teeth, bone damage, internal hemorrhage, and infection.
6. Vitamin C can now be found in milk.
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Proper nutrition is not complete without Vitamin C. When you know how it helps your child and where to get it, you can gain a healthy and active child making you ultimately worry-free.