Recommended daily allowance

Today 4 April is Vitamin C Day which sounds a lot better than Ascorbic Acid day. It’s a day that is important to my sisters and me. When we were growing up, our Mother gave us a Vitamin C tablet every day – those orange disc things from the seventies that tasted really horrible. Nothing like those cute gummies you can get now from Antonia Kidman. We hated them and took to systematically hiding them. My Mother says she was still finding hidden Vitamin C tablets around the house decades later.

I probably should have cared a little more about Vitamin C than I did given it is an essential nutrient required by the body for the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage. It’s also necessary for creating ATP, dopamine, peptide hormones, and tyrosine. Because the body doesn’t produce or store vitamin C, it’s important to include vitamin C in your diet.

Foods high in Vitamin C include capsicums, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas.  Eating a balanced diet should provide enough vitamin C for the day. Any extra vitamin C will simply be flushed out of your body in your urine – bet that’s where most of Mum’s tablets ended up.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended dietary reference intake for vitamin C is 65 to 90 milligrams (mg) a day, and the upper limit is 2,000 mg a day. Contrary to popular myth, too much dietary vitamin C is unlikely to be fatal or harmful, but megadoses of vitamin C supplements (take note mum) may cause some rather unwanted side effects.

My wrap paper features photographic or real life looking fruits high in Vitamin C with a garnish of a some, well, real fruits high in Vitamin C. I was looking at a fabulous range of photographic cards from Modern Lore and that provided the inspiration for this wrap. The photographic look wrap look can work, but you have to be careful what you do with it because it is so strong. Off to eat the fruit which I promise I will not hide around the house.

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