The Antioxidant Power Of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the one vitamin everyone is familiar with. While most people recognize that Vitamin C is found in oranges, it is also common in other citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit as well as tomatoes and cauliflower. Also, juices and breakfast cereals are often fortified with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

Here is an interesting fact. According to the U.S.D.A., a half cup serving of a raw red pepper contains 40% more Vitamin C than a medium orange.

Are you getting enough Vitamin C?  If your only source of the vitamin is with a once daily glass of orange juice, then your supply is most likely depleted by the afternoon.  Vitamin C is easily absorbed and quickly secreted by the body which is why it is hard to get your daily supply from your foods unless you are eating five servings of uncooked fruits and vegetables that have a high content of Vitamin C everyday. However, the vitamin content is diminished with prolonged storage of foods that are fortified with the vitamin.  In addition, cooking fruits and vegetables also reduces the Vitamin C content.  Therefore, Vitamin C supplements are extremely popular.

Vitamin C is a key antioxidant in helping your body build its immune system to fight viruses, infections and teeth loss.  It also gives you a boost of energy.  While, Vitamin C isn’t a cure for the common cold, having an ample supply in your body will help defend your body against these attacks.  This can result in getting colds less often and in a milder form if you do get them. Those that are most at risk for Vitamin C deficiency includes people that smoke, individuals that eat a small food variety, and those that have some chronic conditions.

Research has shown that Vitamin C is well tolerated at high doses.  Still, always follow the label instructions and never take more than the recommended amounts when taking Vitamin C supplements. Also, you should consult with your health care professional prior to taking Vitamin C supplements to be sure that there will not be an interaction with any medications you may be taking.

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