Vitamin C: Why is it important for your little one?
Created by Puja Sharma Vasisht Updated on Apr 04, 2017
One of the important vitamins that your child needs to be consuming daily is Vitamin C. Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C has beneficial effects; it is an antioxidant, helps boost immunity, helps avoid common cold, and most importantly helps in iron absorption in the body. Take a look at some more of the benefits:
Antioxidant:By acting as an antioxidant, Vitamin C helps in reducing the damage caused by free radicals. These free radicals are produced not only in our body,but also from the smoke and pollution surrounding us these days. By keeping up the intake of vitamin C in your child’s diet, you can help minimize the ill-effects of pollution to some extent.
Boosting immunity: Vitamin C plays a direct role in the immune system. Several cells, including phagocytes and t-cells, require Vitamin C to perform their tasks. Thus, a deficiency can result in reduced resistance against some pathogens, ie, disease causing microbes
Common cold: Studies suggest that Vitamin C might shorten the duration of the common cold and may help reduce the severity of it.
Wound healing: Children fall while playing, ending up with injuries and bruises. Giving your child enough Vitamin C helps in woundhealing, by helping in collagen formation. When this vitamin is deficient in the diet, tissues like collagen and intercellular cement are not formed fully, which delays wound healing.
Iron absorption: In our largely vegetarian population, iron deficiency anemia is quite common. Eating foods rich in Vitamin C along with iron rich foods helps in better absorption of iron from the food. Children need enough iron for proper growth and development and Vitamin C helps in that.
How to provide enough Vitamin C
Since vitamin C is water soluble and easily destroyed by heat, the best source is fresh fruits and vegetables, eaten raw. Here are some good sources:
Citrus fruits: Include at least one citrus fruit (like orange, kinu, mausambi or lemon) in your child’s daily diet.
#ParentuneTip: The best way is to eat the fruits is as they are. You can even juice these and freeze them to get fresh juice ice lollies.
Amla: The Indian gooseberry is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. Youcan include it in chutneys, juices etc.
Other fruits& vegetables: Guavas, grapes, strawberries, kiwis, and vegetables like capsicum, broccoli, and tomato are good sources of vitamin C. Add them to your child’s salad, pizzas, pastas etc.
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this information is very good .thanks a lot