The weather is starting to get cold which has a tendency to stimulate the body’s reaction to warm up with some yummy comfort food. Well, chicken soup and hot chocolate shouldn’t be the only things you’re thinking about when the temperature drops. Instead, break open the Vitamin C! Its health benefits are amazing, and did you know that it is the most consumed vitamin?
Not only should you be taking Vitamin C to help reduce the severity and unpleasant effects of the common cold. It also protects our body from infections, diseases, and maintains healthy teeth and bones.
Our bodies need Vitamin C in order to make collagen. Collagen is a protein that helps support tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels and keeps the skin and other organs together. Vitamin C also protects our skin by providing a shield against the sun’s harmful effects.
Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from plant based foods and helps to strengthen our immune system. It is an effective antioxidant which helps to protect our bodies from free radicals. Free radicals cause oxidative stress, which in turn can lead to severe medical conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Vitamin C also helps in the regeneration of the bodies supply for Vitamin E, another antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from being damaged.
Some other benefits of vitamin C include: helps in lowering blood pressure, reduces the risk of some cancer developments, helps eyes function well, and fights against cataracts and increases the blood flow to the eye.
Vitamin C also helps in lowering the level of lead in our blood, decreasing the chances of lead toxicity, especially in urban areas. Lead toxicity can lead to learning disabilities, stunted growth, lowered IQ, kidney damage, and high blood pressure.
Vitamin C reduces stress, and aids in increased energy.
Since people cannot produce vitamin C, it is important to get it from food sources and nutrients. Some sources include oranges, grapefruits, watermelons, cabbage, red and green peppers, lettuce, and peas to name a few.
Vitamin C is available in many forms including tablets, capsules, powders, and even drink mixes so there is no excuse as to why you shouldn’t be getting your hands on some today!
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