Groups at Risk of Vitamin C Inadequacy
According to the 2001–2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), mean intakes of vitamin C for nonsmoking adults are:
105.2 mg/day for males
83.6 mg/day for females; 120 mg/day while breastfeeding
The maximum recommended daily intake of vitamin C for adult males and females is 2,000 mg.
Vitamin C inadequacy can occur with intakes that fall below the RDA but are above the amount required to prevent overt deficiency (approximately 10 mg/day). The following groups are more likely than others to be at risk of obtaining insufficient amounts of vitamin C.
- Smokers and passive “smokers”
- Infants fed evaporated or boiled milk
- Individuals with limited food variety
- People with malabsorption and certain chronic diseases
People with low vitamin C, because of smoking or older age, for example, may find supplements beneficial.
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