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You know how it seems every year there's at least one new report about the health benefits of vitamin C, and Mackie Shilstone gets that tradition started early in 2014 as he joins the Eyewitness Morning News with important information on why vitamin C should be part of your everyday diet.

Vitamin C requirements:

  • Birth to 6 months 40 mgs
  • Infants 7-12 months 50 mgs
  • Children 1-3 years 15 mgs
  • Children 4-8 years 25 mgs
  • Children 9-13 years 45 mgs
  • Teens 14-18 years (boys) 75 mgs
  • Teens 14-18 years (girls) 65 mgs
  • Adults (men) 90 mgs
  • Adults (women) 75 mgs
  • Pregnant teens 80 mgs
  • Pregnant women 85 mgs
  • Breastfeeding teens 115 mgs
  • Breastfeeding women 129 mgs

(If you smoke, add 35 mgs to the above values)

Vitamin C food sources:

  • Citrus fruits: oranges and grapefruits (and their juices), as well as red and green pepper & kiwifruit
  • Other fruits and vegetables: broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe, baked potatoes and tomatoes
  • Foods & beverages fortified with vitamin C

National Institutes of Health Study conclusion:

'The strength of this evidence supports the hypothesis that tea consumption might lower the risk of stroke.'

Mackie Shilstone has much more information on this topic and others on his website.

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