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Vitamin C

Sunday, December 08, 2013

                 

Vitamin C

Our body does not make vitamin C or store it, so it is important to include it in our daily diet.

Why do we need vitamin C?

It is needed for growth and development. It is an antioxidant, which helps to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. 

Most people would associate vitamin C with fighting against the common cold.

Fruit and vegetables contain vitamin C but some foods have a much richer source of vitamin C.

Foods high in vitamin C

 Citrus fruits – oranges, grapefruit, lemon

Berries- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries

Kiwi fruit

Mangos

Pineapple

Watermelon

Broccoli, brussel sprouts

Capsicum, red and green

Spinach, cabbage, kale and other green leafy vegetables

The concentration of vitamin C reduces when cooking is introduced so vitamin C is best absorbed in it’s raw or natural form.

The benefits of vitamin C include

Boosts the immune system

Helps protect against cardiovascular disease

Lower the risk of cancer

Improve absorption of iron

Reduce risk of cataracts 

Helps heal wounds faster

Can help regulate blood sugar levels

Helps the body make collagen, important for skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and blood vessels

Below, an oldie but a goodie about vitamins and minerals, back when ads like this played more than ads for take-away food on television!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlL9G0ugKmM


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