Use Vitamin C for a healthy immune system

It’s that time of year again, not just holiday season, but cold season. And, for many of us, it’s vitamin C season. As a person just getting over his Christmas cold, I was interested to learn more about vitamin C. Turns out it is a very powerful force for good health.

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Here’s what Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as to say about it.

“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 the foods you eat every day.

“Research shows vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of tissue all over the body. Vitamin C helps heal wounds and repair and maintain healthy cartilage, bones, teeth and skin. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals in the body which may help prevent or delay certain cancers and heart disease, and promote healthy aging. Vitamin C also seems to reduce the progress of cartilage loss in those with osteoarthritis. Though it may not keep you from catching a cold, there is evidence that high doses of vitamin C may decrease the length of cold symptoms by as much as one to one-and-a-half days for some people.

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“Sources of vitamin C are abundant and extend well beyond the ever-popular orange or orange juice. Many fruits and vegetables supply this vital vitamin. Sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, green and red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kiwifruit, among others. You can enjoy these foods raw or cooked, but it’s important to note that fruits and vegetables lose vitamin C when heated or stored for long periods of time. To get the most nutrients, eat them as soon as possible after shopping and consider steaming or microwaving vegetables for short periods of time to limit nutrient loss.

“Vegetarians may be especially interested 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.”

Tony

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8 responses to “Use Vitamin C for a healthy immune system

  1. Great post Tony. Vitamin C is a very important vitamin. Linus Pauling (winner of the Nobel Prize in 1954) has spent a great deal of his life dedicated to proving the health benefits of Vitamin C. Interestingly, it is the number one vitamin the traditional medical field refuses to use therapeutically when combating cancers, heart disease and viral infections. The vehemence opposing this inexpensive vitamin and its therapeutic application (along with other therapeutic methods to help restore a healthy internal environment) should lift an eyebrow or two from the public.

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  2. My favorite source is jalapeño peppers… 118 mg per 100 grams. Good stuff, my friend.

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  3. The flu caught me again so I’m stocking up on Vitamin C, haha. I am back on kiwis and peppers again and for tonight it’s cauliflower time! 🙂

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