|We all may understand that Vitamin C helps prevent us against getting a cold. We may also know that a good source of Vitamin C comes from fresh fruit such as fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruits and even strawberry’s. But what is its role in our body, why does it help us prevent us from getting sick? Does it have another function?
The reason I chose to write about this subject is because as a Digestive Wellness Specialist, I have found in my practice most of my clients findings in there Urinalysis (UA) 90% come back showing indications of a deficiency in Vitamin C. Why would this be a concern? Why is it part of the findings in the UA? Well it got me thinking that it must be important, and if so many people are experiencing health issues maybe Vitamin C is a good place to start the healing process.Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system. Because your body cannot make Vitamin C it must come from foods that you eat every day.You need vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth. It also helps the body absorb iron from non-heme sources.Myself being a vegan this is especially interesting to know that vitamin C helps the body to better absorb non-heme iron — the kind from plant foods such as beans, spinach and quinoa. To get this benefit, combine vitamin C-rich foods with iron-rich plant foods in the same meal. For example, combine black beans and salsa or create a flavorful spinach salad with strawberries and mandarin oranges.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, along with vitamin E, beta-carotene, and many other plant-based nutrients. Antioxidants block some of the damage caused by free radicals, substances that damage DNA. The build up of free radicals over time may contribute to the aging process and the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.
Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis and maintenance of collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body. Collagen comprises about 25% to 35% of the total protein content in the body. Its strong, connective, elongated fibrils are found in skin, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the intestines, and the discs between spinal vertebrae. It is also found in the cornea and in muscle tissue.
Vitamin C is vital for the cardiovascular system. When the body’s arteries become clogged, there isn’t enough blood flow to the heart which results in a heart attack. Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties are absorbed into the blood stream, and can actually repress-the accumulation of arterial plaque.Vitamin C can be thought of as a type of “Drain-o” for arteries. It cleans the arteries, and enables a healthy flow of blood to the heart.
Vitamin C is directly involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are biological molecules that facilitate the electrical flow between neurons and nerve cells in the body and in the brain. The body’s ability to respond to the environment, as well as the brain’s ability to think and to remember, is dependent on these essential substances.
Vitamin C promotes assimilation of calcium into the bone, protects against leaching of calcium out of the bones, and fights the oxidative stress that works against assimilation.
Finally, vitamin C impacts the immune system. The immune system main operation is to protect the body from foreign substances or toxins. For the immune system to function correctly, vitamin C is a must. Vitamin C is extremely important in this function because it is involved with T-cells and white blood cells. The white blood cells function is basically to monitor various disease conditions. Because vitamin C boosts the white blood cell count, an individual who consumes high doses of vitamin C has a less likely chance of contracting diseases.
So lets talk about sources for Vitamin C and how much.
1. Camu Camu – The camu camu berry is one of the world’s most abundant sources of vitamin C – in fact, one single teaspoon of camu camu powder has 1180% of your recommended daily intake! That’s 708mg in a tiny dose!
2, The acerola cherry is packed with vitamin C! One tablespoon of powder contains 315mg! That’s 525% of your daily intake with just one teaspoon!
3. Red Peppers – A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange, providing 190mg.
4. Guavas – Just one half cup of this tropical fruit contains 188mg.
5. Kiwi Fruit – Surprisingly rich in vitamin C, one cup of slices has 167mg, or the equivalent of 278% of your daily needs.
6. Goji Berries – The antioxidant rich goji berry also contains a good source of vitamin C, providing 144mg in one cup of goji berry powder!
7. Oranges are often the first thing most people think of when reaching for a natural dose of vitamin C, and with good reason! Citrus fruits in general all provide a source of vitamin C, but one cup of orange segments will give you 96mg. 160% of your daily intake.
8. Papaya – This hydrating tropical fruit tastes amazing with fresh lime juice (an extra vitamin C boost!), but a one cup serving delivers 88mg all on it’s own!
9. Strawberries – The humble strawberry packs a tasty little vitamin C punch with one cup of them providing 84.7mg!
10. Broccoli – One of the highest sources of vitamin C in the vegetable world comes from broccoli! No wonder your mum wanted you to eat it! Just one cup of florets has 81mg of vitamin
I would like to mention one more source, I am very excited about our new addition to our office. Dr. Elisha Robinson. Dr. Robinson provides many alternative medical treatments one of them being the Vitamin C IV Nutritional Therapy. For more information and to see how this may benefit you, here is the link to her website.
If you are interested to knowing what your levels of Vitamin C are you can contact me for an appointment email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This is Rhonda with Pure Simple Self
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