Foods With Vitamin C


When people think about foods with vitamin C, oranges usually come to mind, but there are more which we will explore in this article....



CBefore we you decide to gorge yourself on foods with plenty of vitamin C, you might want to pause to consider why you might even want to do this.

Vitamin C benefits

Possibly the best known value of vitamin C is its role in increasing your body's immunity against viral and bacterial infections such as colds and flu. Other benefits include:

  • Help in lowering cholesterol in the blood
  • Natural laxative
  • Prevents scurvy
  • More rapid healing after surgery
  • Helps healing bleeding gums, wounds and burns
  • Makes drugs used in treating urinary tract infections more effective
  • Enhances protection against carcinogenic agents
  • Reduces the formation of blood clots in vein
  • Inhibits nitrosamines (substances which cause cancer) from forming
  • Reduces the effects of allergenic substances
  • Helps in bone and tooth formation
  • Aids in collagen and red blood cell production
  • Helps digestion, iron absorption and cell respiration
  • Increases blood vessel strength, immunity and adrenal secretions

As you can see, there are many good reasons to make sure you have an adecuate supply of vitamin C and this is particularly important for humans because, for some unknown reason, man is one of the few animals which does not have the capability to produce their own supply of this  vitamin. (The other exceptions are apes and guinea pigs.)

Sources

So what are the foods with vitamin C? In alphabetical order, some of the principal sources are:

  • algae
  • asparagus
  • bananas
  • bee pollen
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • cantaloupe
  • cauliflower
  • corn
  • grapefruit
  • grapes
  • guava
  • kale
  • kiwi
  • onions
  • oranges
  • papaya
  • parsley
  • peaches
  • peas
  • pineapple
  • potatoes
  • pumpkin
  • red pepper
  • strawberries
  • tomatoes

In addition to the above foods with vitamin c, you can find it in the following herbs: barley green, burdock, capsicum, comfrey, echinacea, eyebright, garlic, hawthorn, juniper berries, parsley, plantain, rose hips, sarsaparilla, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, watercress and, willow.


Supplements

Vitamin C is likely the most used vitamin supplement likely because in most of the foods with vitamin C, cooking and processing tends to destroy it.  It is available in virtually any form which can be imagined:  tablets, liquids, timed-release pills, powdered, chewable tablets and even injections.

Forms which can be swallowed may be in tablets or capsules which may contain up to 1000 mg (milligrams).  Currently the minimum requirement each day (MDA) is considered to be 2500 mg with a maximum daily intake of 40,000 mg.  

It is important to recognize that vitamin C is not stored in the body and any excess is rapidly eliminated in the body's urine.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Heat, light and cooking are deadly enemies of vitamin C.
  • Most vitamin C which is not used is excreted within 2 to 3 hours of being eaten. Timed release supplements may help avoid this.
  • Lab tests can be affected if you're using large amounts of vitamin C. Make certain that your doctor is aware that you are using vitamin C supplements if you are having any blood tests to do.
  • It may be advisable to use a magnesium supplement if your are taking more than 750 mgs of vitamin C a day. Bioflavinoids and calcium also help in absorbing it.
  • Aspirin is reported to triple the excretion rate of vitamin C.
  • City dwellers may benefit from increased vitamin C intake because carbon monoxide destroys it. Smokers and older people also can benefit from extra vitamin C.

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