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The importance of vitamin C in guinea pigs diet

 

Guinea pigs, like man, do not synthesize vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in the body. It is therefore very important that vitamin C in sufficient quantity to find guinea piglet diets because this vitamin deficiency causes scurvy appearance and, where avitaminosis is severe, can even cause death.

The dose of vitamin C recommended for guinea pigs: 1 gram of vitamin C per kilogram of food, or 10 mg vitamin C / day. If you have a pregnant female, is double the recommended daily dose.

Please find below a table with a list of some foods rich in vitamin C and 10 mg approximate quantities:

 

 

FoodstuffApproximate measure for 10mg of vitamin CProtein (mg)Calcium (mg)Phosphorus (mg)
Apples (without skin) 1-1/4 pcs. 0356 12.274 12.274
Baby carrots 12 carrots 0952 27.381 45.238
Bananas 1 banana 1099 6596 21.986
Broccoli 1 / 8 cup 0322 5150 7081
Carrots 1 cup 1075 29.032 47.312
Celery 3-1/2 roots 1143 57.143 35.714
Cucumbers 2 cups 1325 26.425 37.750
Peppers 1 / 7 pcs. 0101 1008 2128
Kiwi 1 / 8 cup 0102 2653 4082
Lettuce 5-1/2 leaves 0722 37.778 13.889
Oranges Seventh fruit 0156 9556 2667
Parsley 1 / 8 cup 0226 10.376 4361
Raspberry 1 / 3 cup 0361 8800 4800
Chilli peppers 1 / 14 pcs. 0048 0474 1000
Spinach 2 / 3 cup 1029 35.222 17.433
Red 1 fruit 0902 5.0000 24.000