Is to much vitamin C bad for you?
Let’s first take a look at the suggested daily intake are vitamin C (ascorbic acid) for adults and children.
According to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) regarding of dietary supplements, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C from food, vegetables and fruits for:
- adult men is 90mg
- adult women is 75mg
- teenage boys is 75 mg
- teenage girls is 65 mg
- for pregnant teenagers and adults they require 80 to 85 milligrams per day
- and does breastfeeding require between 115 and 120 mg Vitamin C
Vitamin C in rosehip products
Each different type of rosehip product will contain different amounts of vitamin C, this depends on the manufacturer and the manufacturing process of the product.
As rosehips (Hagebutte) have a high vitamin C content, even higher than oranges (more information about this, see below), always check the label of the rosehip product, whether it be rosehip tea, rosehip Jam, marmalade or rosehip jellies, to ensure you do not exceed your recommended daily allowance of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
The best advice, if you are not sure is to ask your doctor about your personal vitamin C daily intake limits.
Can I overdose on vitamin C
Vitamin C overdose or high intake is not detrimental to your health that is to say not life threatening, but can give you the following side effects, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and flushed skin.
Another symptom to watch out for is combining your prescription medication and vitamin C, once again it is better to consult your doctor if in doubt!
So to be on the safe side consult a doctor before taking any additional vitamin who health supplements.
Vitamin C in rosehips and babies and infants
Due to the fact that rosehip (haggebutten) has not been studied in-depth for infant and foetus safety it is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding adults refrained from the intake of rosehip products.
Kidney patients are also advised not to use vitamin C or Rosehip products as intake of these supplements made adverse effects on their kidneys.
Does Rose hips actually have more vitamin C than an orange
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When measured under laboratory conditions using the following measurements, and comparing vitamin c in rosehips to other general household fruits in milligrams per 100g the following results were found:
- an orange (Citrus reticulata) – 53 mg/100g fruit
- barbados cherries (Malpighia emarginata) – 1,678 mg/100g fruit
- Black currant (Ribes nigrum) – 156.5 to 212.1 mg (specie dependent)
- Guavas (Psidium guajava) – 183.8 mg/100g
- Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) – 119.3 to 179.8 mg/100g
- Papayas (Carica papaya) – 62.6mg/100g
- Strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa) – 57.3 mg/100g)
- and vitamin c in rosehip – 1,150 to 2,500 mg (specie dependent)