Vitamin C Benefits
You may have heard of all of the Vitamin C benefits. It’s the number one thing friends, family have recommended to you when you told them you have a cold or are coming down with one. I’m sure you’ve also been told that it is a strong anti-oxidant.
Those are great vitamin c benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. Vitamin C boosts immune system, helps with collagen (skin) formation, helps promote the healing of scars, protects against the harmful effects of pollution, cancer, protects against infection and helps reduce stress just to name a few. It maintains cartilage of bones and teeth. It is an anti-oxidant which blocks damage of free radicals in the body which can cause cancer and aging.
Vitamin c is a water soluble vitamin which means you need to get it every day as the body takes what it needs and the rest goes out through the urine. So don’t fool yourself. If you have an orange once for a week it simply won’t cut it and those of you who don’t like vegetables better get on board. It’s easy and can be tasty.Scurvy is a severe form of vitamin C deficiency but is rare in this day and age. People who get it now are usually malnourished living in impoverished countries. Some symtoms of vitamin c deficiency are gingivitis, bleeding gums, dry splitting hair, and rough dry skin. On the flip side too much vitamin c can lead to upset stomach and diarrheaFoods high in vitamin C are berries, peppers, guava, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, parsley, brussell sprouts. Other sources of vitamin c are cauliflower, cabbage, winter squash, and pineapples An excellent source of vitamin c can be found in lemons, in fact if you squeeze the juice of 1 or 2 lemons in water then you will get the vitamin intake you need.
If you don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in your day or you need a boost of vitamin c to fight or prevent a cold then consider supplementing. You can check your local health food store or online stores for recommended brands.
I started supplementing with vitamin c to get more anti-oxidants to fight acne and to help prevent colds which I was catching more because I was stressed. Increase your intake and see how much your body loves it.
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