Oranges. They are not the only source of one of the most effective nutrients we should be including in our diets. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), which can be found in many fruits and vegetables, has shown that higher blood levels of it in your system can have huge benefits to your overall health.
According to WebMD, “It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth”.
The antioxidant also plays an important role in making collagen. Although the antioxidant benefits are still unclear, it shows promising results when used to help with many diseases and issues such as asthma, stroke and even cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute it has been studied as a treatment for patients with cancer since the 1970s. In higher doses administered through a vein into the bloodstream, “vitamin C may slow the growth and spread of prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon, and other types of cancer cells”. Studies have also shown that its combination with some anticancer therapies can make them more effective.
Research shows vitamin C can benefit with,
- skin aging
- cancer prevention
- heart disease prevention
So where Can I get My Vitamin C?
Usually you will be able to get most of your vitamin C from your diet if you are consuming enough fruit and vegetables which all contain some vitamin C.
According to WebMD, Some of the best sources are:
citrus fruits, green capsicum, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, white potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Other good sources include dark leafy greens, rockmelon, papaya, mango, watermelon, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, red capsicum, raspberries, blueberries, pumpkin, and pineapples.
If you find it hard to hit that five plus a day fruit and vegetable count, vitamin C supplements are readily available at your local pharmacy or supermarket.
So this winter, keep your skin looking fresh, your immunity at its best, and to gain that extra kick in your step, be sure to consume enough of the wonderful vitamin C.
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