Back To School With Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a wonderful vitamin and has so many uses both in the body and when preserving food’s freshness. For example, you’ll see the term ‘ascorbic acid’ in the ingredient label when this happens. Simple put, vitamin C is powerful and necessary in quite a few body ‘transacations’ so let’s dive in.
Is Vitamin C necessary for me?
In short, yes. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that aids in the formation of collagen and serotonin. Zinc and vitamin C pair well together. The citrus sources of vitamin C enhance zinc absorption, and both aid in wound healing, which is crucial in maintaining skin integrity to fight infections. Our bodies cannot make vitamin C, so dietary and/or supplemental intake is necessary.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a nutrient, more specifically an antioxidant that helps protect your body’s cells from free radicals. Free radicals may have a role in the progression of heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamin C helps your body heal and also helps your body form blood vessels, muscle, and cartilage.
Where do I find Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is not naturally made by the body, but can be found in citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, and spinach. Vitamin C can also be found in supplement form, although greater benefits come from consuming it in food produce.
Can I be deficient in Vitamin C?
Most people get enough vitamin C through their diet. People who are at risk for being deficient include smokers, individuals with gastrointestinal conditions and individuals who do not normally include fruits and vegetables in their diet
How can I incorporate more Vitamin C in my diet?
You can add more vitamin C in your diet by incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Enjoying citrus fruits like oranges or adding lemon juice to your salads can help increase your vitamin C intake. You can also get a great dose of vitamin C this Easter Weekend by incorporating orange juice into your brunch plans.
What are some foods that are highest in Vitamin C?
Guava, Kiwi, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Oranges, Papayas, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Snow Peas, Kale