Benefits Of Vitamin C For Your Child

This essential vitamin is a must-have in your child's diet. It helps maintain strong bones and teeth, keeps her skin supple and helps build immunity.

By Monali Bordoloi

Benefits Of Vitamin C For Your Child
Guava is a rich source of Vitamin C

Vinitha is clueless as to why her 12-year-old son, Aditya, is listless, short-tempered and low on energy most of the time. His hair and skin look dull and his wounds are taking time to heal. Of late, he is complaining of muscle pain too. A quick visit to the doctor reveals that Aditya is lacking in vitamin C. As this vitamin has mood lightening effects, people with vitamin C deficiency may become irritable or short-tempered. Dry skin and hair, and pain in the joints are other symptoms of vitamin C deficiency.

One of the most important nutrients, essential for your child’s development, vitamin C has some amazing benefits for your child. It helps in building immunity, and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. The good news is that it is found in most fruits and vegetables.

Benefits of Vitamin C

1. The antioxidants in Vitamin C works for the overall well-being of the child and thus help the tiny tots to ward off diseases.

2. A growing child needs Vitamin C for strengthening his bones and tissues, and for healthy blood vessels.

3. Vitamin C is good for keeping the gums healthy.

4. Vitamin C helps the child to absorb iron better, thus keeping iron deficiency at bay.

5. Vitamin C is a boon for outdoorsy kids as it helps in healing cuts and bruises faster.

6. Kids who get a regular intake of vitamin C through natural sources have shorter bouts of  common cold and symptoms may be less severe.

How much vitamin C does your kid need?

The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has developed a chart for the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C. Let’s have a look at the recommended vitamin C intake for kids:

Recommended dietary intake of Vitamin C

For 2-3 years kids: 15 mg of vitamin C daily

For 4-8 years: 25 mg of vitamin C daily

For 9-13 years: 45 mg of Vitamin C daily

For 14-18 years: 75 mg of Vitamin C daily

Sources of Vitamin C

Most of the fruits and vegetables that are available in the market are packed with Vitamin C.

Fruits

Guava:

The seasonal fruit guava is one of the richest natural sources of Vitamin C. Apart from having it whole, children can also have it in the form of guava juice and marmalade.

Berries:

Benefits Of Vitamin C For Your Child

All types of berries which include strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, blueberries have a higher amount of Vitamin C. Children love strawberry because of its bright colour and sweet taste. Rich in antioxidants, one serving of strawberries per day takes care of the nutritional needs of your child. 

Cherry:

Benefits Of Vitamin C For Your Child

These bright, red-coloured fruits are rich in Vitamin C. You can top your fruit salads with cherry or serve a bowl of the sweet fruit as an after-school snack.      

Amla: 

Benefits Of Vitamin C For Your Child

Amla or Indian gooseberry is an excellent source of Vitamin C. It can be eaten raw or dried and made into powder or pickles.

Melons:
Benefits Of Vitamin C For Your Child

Watermelon and muskmelons are rich sources of Vitamin C. Smoothies made from watermelon and muskmelons are a kid’s favourite.

Kiwi:

Benefits Of Vitamin C For Your Child

Add kiwi fruit in salads or make smoothies out of them. They will satiate your child's hunger and give them enough vitamin C.   

Citrus fruits:
Benefits Of Vitamin C For Your Child

Grapefruits, oranges, lemons, in fact, all the fruits in the citrus family carry high levels of Vitamin C.

Black Current:
Benefits Of Vitamin C For Your Child

Due to its dark purple colour, kids love to have this fruit. It is a very good source of vitamin C.

Vegetables

  1. Broccoli, cauliflower
  2. Green leafy vegetables
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Carrots 
  5. Red and Yellow bell peppers
  6. Green chillies

Instead of opting for vitamin supplements, which should be taken only under medical supervision, dig into your refrigerator for fruits and veggies that are rich in this vitamin. 

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