Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

What are the health benefits of vitamin C?


Vitamin C is one of the most important immune boosting nutrients and is well known for its use in cold and flu prevention and treatment. Humans are one of the few mammals unable to make their own vitamin C and the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is set at the amount needed to prevent scurvy, which is pretty low! 

Not only is vitamin C great for your immune system but it can also help alleviate constipation at high enough doses. The best food sources of vitamin C include asparagus, papaya, oranges, cantaloupe, cauliflower, broccoli, green peppers, kale, lemons, strawberries and rose hips. If you're travelling, find a powdered form that can be added to water (consider half a dose for children).
Tips for maintaining health while travelling are available here. Read this post to find out the difference between cold, flu's and allergies. For information about preventing allergies, check out this post. Tips for preventing colds and flu's can be found here and about preventing the spread of colds and flu's here.

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