Make Sure Seniors Get Their Vitamin C

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Vitamin-C-300x225.jpgPeople who take care of e​lderly patients often are in charge of their dietary options and are in a good position to ensure that their patients receive enough of the vitamins and nutrients they need. That’s why it’s important for those taking care of elderly loved ones to check to see if their vitamin C intake is sufficient.

Vitamin C’s Importance

Certainly vitamin C is one of the most well-known vitamins; every winter, people break out their vitamin C tablets to help ward off colds. In fact, there’s not solid evidence that vitamin C actually provides strong protection against the cold — but it doesn’t hurt, and it certainly provides many other benefits.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, a substance that keeps a chemical process from developing which releases free radicals. This is important because too many free radicals can damage cells and DNA – and sometimes damaged DNA leads to the development of cancers. So while vitamin C cannot be said to prevent or stop cancer on its own, it is believed that vitamin C is an important part of the process which can help inhibit cancer.


But vitamin C’s benefits don’t stop there. This vitamin is one of the building blocks in the production of collagen, which is a great “glue” tissue — meaning that collagen helps to connect and hold together bones, skin, cartilage, and ligaments.

Blood vessels also are kept healthy and open with vitamin C’s assistance, and the formation of red blood cells themselves also is aided by this vitamin. Further, it helps with the regulation of cholesterol in the blood as well.

And remember those free radicals? Cancers aren’t the only things they cause; they’re also major players in developing macular degeneration and cataracts, and vitamin C can help diminish the free radicals behind these conditions as well.

Finally, vitamin C also helps boost the immune system, as it is a key player in the healthy formation of  infection-fighting white blood cells.

Those taking care of elderly loved ones should check with a doctor or nutritionist to determine if their patients require more vitamin C. (The recommended intake is 90 milligrams for men and 75 for women, but some doctors believe that it’s a good idea to get even more than that.)​

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