Vitamin C deficiency, known as scurvy, remains surprisingly prevalent in the Western World. In this episode, Jen talks about the best food sources for vitamin C and discusses its numerous benefits.
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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for various functions in the body. Here are some of the best sources and benefits of vitamin C:
Sources of Vitamin C:
Citrus fruits: Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C.
Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and other berries also contain high amounts of vitamin C.
Kiwi fruit: Kiwis are another fruit that is rich in vitamin C.
Bell peppers: Red and green bell peppers are packed with vitamin C.
Leafy greens: Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are good sources of vitamin C.
Benefits of Vitamin C:
Immune function: Vitamin C is well-known for its immune-supporting properties. It helps stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are crucial for fighting off infections and illnesses.
Antioxidant activity: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can contribute to chronic diseases and aging.
Collagen synthesis: Vitamin C plays a vital role in the production of collagen, a protein that helps maintain the health of skin, joints, and other connective tissues.
Iron absorption: Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron from plant-based sources, helping combat iron deficiency anemia.
Brain health: Vitamin C is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, that regulate mood and contribute to brain function.
It’s important to note that while a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can provide sufficient vitamin C for most people, certain situations may require supplementation.
HEALTHY LIFE HACKS
The Healthy Life Hacks I want to share with you today are:
- Make your meals colourful all fruits and vegetables, particularly get vitamin C foods in your everyday meals.
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