Many different nutrients work together in your body to maintain your overall good health. An imbalance that causes a deficiency of a certain nutrient therefore can have significant implications for other deficiencies. This is why a well-balanced diet is important in maintaining good health and optimum functioning. Vitamin C is a water soluble nutrient that is important in the maintenance of your skin and immune system, as well as other important body functions. Because it is a water soluble nutrient, it’s important to have several sources of vitamin C daily, to replenish the amount lost through metabolism.
Vitamin C also facilitates the absorption of the mineral calcium, which is important for maintaining the integrity of your bones. A deficiency of vitamin C can lead to a deficiency of calcium. As a result, you can begin to experience a loss of stored calcium from your body. Over time and without treatment, this can lead to thinning of your bones, leaving them vulnerable to fractures. This is why it’s important to consume foods that contain both vitamin C and calcium, although they do not need to be eaten at the same time. In fact, your body is only able to absord and utilize moderate amounts of vitamin C and calcium at one time, so taking large doses or eating more food may not be necessary.
An easy way to combine vitamin C with calcium is to eat a breakfast that includes a piece of fruit such as an orange or grapefruit, with a source of calcium such as milk or calcium-fortified cereal. Additionally, it’s important to understand that while vitamin C enhances the absorption of the mineral iron, calcium can impair absorption. If you’re concerned about your iron intake, eating meals that contain both vitamin C and calcium or taking vitamin C and calcium supplements together can offset any effect on the absorption of iron.
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