Why Eating More Vitamin C Can Help You Live Longer – Yahoo Health

It’s key to get your vitamin C from fresh, raw ingredients, Warren says, since “the vitamin is lost through cooking and prolonged storage.”

You already know you can get vitamin C from citrus fruits and their juices, but there are a slew of additional fruits and vegetables that are vitamin C-rich. Red and green peppers, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe, baked potatoes, and tomatoes are also good sources of the vitamin, says Warren.

But nutrition expert Karen Ansel, RDN, CDN, says we shouldn’t all rush to gorge ourselves on vitamin C just yet, since the study doesn’t prove that vitamin C is responsible for the benefits — just that there is a link. “It could be that high vitamin C levels from increased fruit and vegetable consumption could be a marker for many other health promoting compounds that are also found in produce,” she tells Yahoo Health.

However, Ansel says, vitamin C has a host of proven beneficial properties, so it’s not a bad idea to incorporate it into your diet anyway.

How much vitamin C should you strive to eat? Nordestgaard recommends having at least two portions of foods rich in the vitamin a day.

Of course, you can also get the vitamin from a supplement, but Nordestgaard says it’s best to get it from whole foods…for now, at least. “Although our results are compatible with the possibility that a favorable effect of high intake of fruit and vegetables could in part be driven by high vitamin C concentrations, we cannot say for sure that vitamin C is the explanation,” he says.

So, keep eating your broccoli and oranges. They could help you live longer.

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