Why Should You Eat Vitamin C Rich Food?

Why Should You Eat Vitamin C Rich Food?

The scourge of the shipping industry for centuries, scurvy affected crews who spent months on the high seas without fresh food. Finally, in 1757, Scottish surgeon James Lind conducted a trial that proved scurvy could be treated with citrus fruit. The magic ingredient responsible – the chemical ascorbic acid, or vitamin C – was discovered only in the 1930s by Albert Szent-Györgyi. This discovery ranks as one of the foundations of modern nutrition. Since then thousands of studies have been conducted on this powerful antioxidant vitamin.

Vitamin C is needed for growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. It helps form a key protein used tomake skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels; heal wounds and form scar tissue; repair andmaintain cartilage, bones, and teeth; and assist iron absorption. It’s an essential cofactor in numerous enzymatic reactions, including the biosynthesis of collagen, carnitine, and catecholamines. Of colds and cancer Despite its popularity as a remedy for the common cold, research indicates that taking supplemental C or eating C-rich foods doesn’t lessen the risk of

Of colds and cancer Despite its popularity as a remedy for the common cold, research indicates that taking supplemental C or eating C-rich foods doesn’t lessen the risk of

Despite its popularity as a remedy for the common cold, research indicates that taking supplemental C or eating C-rich foods doesn’t lessen the risk of contracting a cold; however, people who routinely take vitamin C supplements do have colds of
shorter duration, and less severe symptoms.

While there’s no evidence that vitamin C alone can cure cancer, human studies of high-dose intravenous vitamin C given to cancer patients reveal improved quality of life, and improvements in symptoms of fatigue, nausea and vomiting, pain, and appetite loss. Studies also link higher blood levels of vitamin C to a reduced risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and a lower risk of
coronary heart disease and stroke.

The body can’t make or store vitamin C, so we need to eat vitamin C-containing foods daily. The importance of this was underscored in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which found as blood levels of vitamin C rise, the risk of heart disease and early death reduces: people with the highest intake of fruit and vegetables had a 15 percent lower risk of developing heart disease, and a 20 percent lower risk of early death, compared with those who rarely ate them.Vitamin C supplements are available in many

Vitamin C supplements are available in many forms, but there’s little evidence as to whether one is more effective than another. An intake of up to 10 grams daily produces no toxic effects, although people with digestive issues may find limiting their dose to two grams daily guards against diarrhoea and other gut disturbances. Supplements may increase urinary oxalate levels, but it’s not known whether this causes kidney stones. People with such a predisposition should avoid doses above 1,000mg.

Foods That Are Rich in Vitamin C

• kiwifruit
• strawberries
• raspberries
• blueberries
• citrus (including skin)
• mango
• papaya
• pineapple
• watermelon
• broccoli
• cauliflower
• Brussels sprouts
• green and red capsicum
• spinach
• cabbage
• turnip greens and other leafy greens
• sweet and white potatoes
• tomatoes
• winter squash
• camu camu
• acerola cherry
• guava

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