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How to Take Vitamin C at Night

author image Cecilia Harsch
Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.
How to Take Vitamin C at Night
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Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, helps heal wounds, repairs tissue and produces protein to make skin, tendons and blood vessels. Deficiencies in vitamin C may present in the form of gingivitis, dry skin, easy bruising and the inability to fight off infections. Since your body does not produce its own vitamin C -- nor does it store it -- the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests taking 250 to 500 mg of vitamin C two times a day. Check with your doctor before taking any dose of vitamin C and before giving vitamin C to your child.

Step 1

Divide your dosage of daily vitamin C supplement into two to three measures. This allows you to take a smaller dose with each meal.

Step 2

Take your last dose with your evening meal, so you do not take vitamin C on an empty stomach. Taking vitamin C without a meal may leave your stomach upset.

Step 3

Eat fruits high in vitamin C as a late-night snack if you do not take supplements. Strawberries, cantaloupes, oranges and papaya provide a range of 130 to 300 mg of vitamin C per serving.

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