Scientists recommend doubling dose of vitamin C

According to a recent study, the recommended dose of vitamin C people have been advised to take should be doubled. At present, the NHS and World Health Organization both recommend a daily intake of the vitamin of 40 mg and 45 mg respectively.

Now, academics behind a new study - published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition - have said that the 1994 research conducted by The Sorby Research Institute was to assess the nutrition levels of Britons during World War II when food was in short supply. At that time, the aim was to avoid scurvy rather than maximizing health, they claim.

Study lead, professor Philippe Hujoel, said: “The vitamin C experiment is a shocking study. They depleted people’s vitamin C levels long-term and created life-threatening emergencies. It would never fly now.”

Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruit, such as oranges, peppers, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, kimchi, strawberries, blackcurrants and broccoli.


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