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Celebrating Vitamin C Day for Bone and Joint Health

Vitamin C plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis, the protein responsible for the structural integrity of bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Without sufficient vitamin C, collagen production falters, leading to weakened connective tissues and compromised bone density. Studies have linked vitamin C deficiency to higher risks of bone fractures and impaired bone healing. Additionally, inadequate levels of vitamin C may contribute to joint issues like osteoarthritis, as collagen breakdown accelerates cartilage deterioration.

Beyond collagen synthesis, vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, shielding bone and joint tissues from oxidative stress. By neutralizing harmful free radicals, it helps maintain the health and resilience of bones and cartilage, reducing the likelihood of degenerative conditions. Vitamin C is also crucial for iron absorption!

To boost your vitamin C intake, include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, bell peppers, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are excellent sources. If dietary intake is insufficient, supplementation may be considered on an individual basis, but it’s always important to take a food-first approach and talk to your dietitian or doctor.

Emma Nelson is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. Emma is available remotely for all things nutrition related, whether it be general nutrition, pre/post op nutrition, rehab nutrition, or sports nutrition.

PHONE: 615.477.0602

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