Kidney stones are one of the most common urologic disorders, affecting an estimated 10-15% of men and 7-10% of women in the United States. However, there has been little research on the relationship between vitamin C intake and kidney stone risk. While some studies have suggested that high doses of vitamin C may increase the risk for kidney stones, others have found no clear connection. Let’s take a closer look at the evidence to determine if there is indeed a link between vitamin C and kidney stones.
The Role Vitamin C Plays in Urolithiasis
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that helps with growth and development, immune system function, wound healing, and more. It is water soluble and can be found in many foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, and spinach. It is also available as a supplement in pill form or powder form. As a dietary supplement it can be taken orally or intravenously (IV). In addition to its other benefits, Vitamin C plays an important role in the prevention of urolithiasis (kidney stones).
Research on Vitamin C & Kidney Stones
Several studies have examined the potential link between vitamin C intake and the increased risk of developing kidney stones. A 2016 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that people who consumed higher levels of vitamin C had an increased risk of developing kidney stones compared to those who consumed lower levels. However, this study did not account for other factors such as age or body mass index (BMI). Other studies have concluded that there is no connection between high doses of vitamin C and increased risk for kidney stones. Further research is needed to determine whether or not there truly is a connection between these two variables.
Benefits of Vitamin C Intake
Despite the inconclusive evidence linking high doses of vitamin C to increased risk for kidney stones, it’s still important to consume adequate amounts each day to support overall health and well-being. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults aged 19-70 years old is 75 mg/day for women and 90 mg/day for men; however, this amount can vary depending on your individual needs or medical condition(s). Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the day can help you reach your RDA goals without having to take supplements. Additionally, if you do choose to take supplements make sure you talk with your doctor first before starting any new supplementation program.
Ultimately eating a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout your day will help you reach your RDA goals without having to rely heavily on supplements.