In this edition we are going to take a look at the power of Vitamin C. It will be a handy friend to have during this age of virus infections. Let’s also take a look at it’s many benefits and where we can get our required daily intake.
Studies have shown that Vitamin C can:
- Reduce the risk of chronic disease
- Help battle high blood pressure
- Lowers heart disease risk factors
- Help prevent gout attacks by reducing blood uric acid levels
- Improves iron absorption and prevents iron deficiencies
- Boost immunity
- Support your memory
Our body doesn’t produce Vitamin C naturally in any form, so it is essential that we get our required intake ideally from our diet, and as required in supplement form. The recommended daily intake is 75mg for a women and 90mg for a man.
Vitamin C’s most famous benefit is of course helping with colds, however no studies can actually prove it prevents you from catching one, only that it can reduce the severity of symptoms and quicken recovery time. There have also been claims that Vitamin C can reduce cancer risk, protect against eye disease and treat lead toxicity, however the evidence at this point is not strong enough to prove these claims to be true.
Vitamin C Rich Foods
Citrus fruits of course are best known for their Vitamin C powers, but there are lots of other fruit and vegetables that boast magical Vitamin C powers. For example:
• Yellow Capsicum
• Chilli Peppers
• Brussel Sprouts
• Paw Paw
Try and include some of the foods above in your everyday diet to ensure you are getting your required intake of Vitamin C. If you don’t think you are getting enough Vitamin C through your food, then supplements can be a great way to boost your intake. As always, seek advice from a health professional first.
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