Minimum Requirement

The minimum requirement for vitamin C was established in the 1940s in a depletion/repletion study, which showed that an intake of less than 10 mg per day was adequate to prevent the development of scurvy, or to cure the clinical signs. At this level of intake, wound healing is impaired, and optimum wound healing requires a mean intake of 20 mg per day. Allowing for individual variation, this gives reference intake of 30 mg/day, which was the UK figure until 1991 and the WHO/FAO figure until 2001.

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.

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