Vitamin C has long been known to enhance the body's resistance and immune function, especially in young children. In addition to increasing children's resistance; Vitamin C is also involved in collagen synthesis, which plays a key role in tissue development and wound healing. In addition, vitamin C is also a catalyst that helps children absorb iron and calcium effectively from food, thanks to close association and maintaining the reconstitution state of these two nutrients.
When the body is deficient in vitamin C due to reduced supply or increased demand, children can suffer from gingivitis, root bleeding, easy bleeding under the skin, long healing wounds. In addition, easy infections (especially inflammation of the respiratory tract and skin) and depression, extensive bruises on the skin (subcutaneous hemorrhage) are also symptoms due to lack of vitamin C.
Young children with a weak immune system and resistance are not strong enough to withstand pathogens. Besides, the health and fitness of children are also affected after each illness. Therefore, the regular supplementation of vitamin C to children regularly helps to form a solid barrier wall, which helps prevent common diseases in children due to infection (bacteria, viruses) and other diseases. impact of weather, climate, environment (smoke, dust, pollution .).
Daily requirement of vitamin C for children under 12 years of age is about 75mg - 120mg according to the recommended diet (RDA). Regular supplementation of vitamin C with reasonable doses does not affect the health of children, because excess amounts will quickly be received by cells of the tissues or excreted in the urine.
According to Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duy Thinh, Institute of Biotechnology & Food, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, there are two types of vitamin C on the market, including natural types (found in sour fruit, green vegetables). and synthetic types (treatment drugs, effervescent tablets, candy).
However, in young children, before taking vitamin C, parents need to consult a doctor. In these vitamins always have high sugar content, the adjuvants for added air foam should be noted not to abuse for children.
'If you want to have vitamin C for your baby, your family can use sour foods like lemon, orange, kiwi, . and vegetables are green because chlorophyll is also good,' Mr. Thinh added.
From poisoning cases of abuse of vitamin C that the media reported, families should pay attention to vitamin supplements for children. For functional foods that contain vitamin C, a doctor's prescription is required to avoid unfortunate cases.