Vitamin C and Older Adults: How Much Is Enough?

Vitamin C is an important nutrient for aging adults. As you may already know, vitamin C strengthens your immune system. What you may not know is that it also plays a role in collagen production, which helps to maintain healthy bones, skin, and blood vessels. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), vitamin C also aids in wound healing and supports brain cell function, and early research suggests that it may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease prevention.

For adults aged 50 and older, the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C is 90 mg/day for men and 75 mg/day for women, with an upper limit of 2,000 mg/day. For most adults, this can be achieved through eating a well-balanced diet that includes vitamin C-rich foods such as strawberries, oranges, green bell peppers, and broccoli. If you are concerned that are not getting enough vitamin C, consider talking to your doctor about a daily multivitamin or standalone vitamin C supplement.

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