Thursday, 15 December 2011

VITAMIN C FOR BODY.




Also called as ascorbic acid. It is a water soluble vitamin. Most sensitive to heat among all vitamins.



Functions –
  • Play a role in tissue oxidation.
  • Formation of collagen.
  • Reduces ferric iron to ferrous iron which results in proper absorption of the iron from vegetable foods.
  • Inhibits nitrosamine formation by the intestinal mucosa.
  • Enhances wound healing.
  • Has an anti-aging effect on the skin as well as helps in making the skin glow with health.
  • When VIT.C  rich fruits applied topically to the skin it also regulates oil control as well as helps in tightening pores.



Deficiency can lead to-
  • Scurvy , the signs of which are bleeding gums, subcutaneous bruising or bleeding into skin or joints.
  • Delayed wound healing.
  • Anaemia and weakness.



Requirements-

Estimated requirement is 40 mg per day for adults.


DIETARY SOURCES OF VIT. C


FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
AMOUNT OF VIT. C IN MG PER 100 GM.


AMLA
GUAVA
LIME
ORANGE
TOMATO
BANGAL GRAM
CABBAGE
CAULIFLOWER
AMARNATH
SPINACH
BRINJAL
POTATOES
RADDISH



600
212
63
30
27
16
124
56
99
28
12
17
15


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