The Power of Vitamin C

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It’s National Vitamin C Day and though we all know it’s important to get enough of the organic molecule it’...
It’s National Vitamin C Day and though we all know it’s important to get enough of the organic molecule it’s maybe more beneficial than you think. But, unlike other vitamins, your body can’t produce vitamin C on its own so it’s important you make sure to get it elsewhere. Here are some of the healthy reasons why. Antioxidant Boost Studies found that consuming more vitamin C can increase your blood antioxidant levels by up to 30%. As an antioxidant, vitamin C provides protection against oxidative stress-induced cellular damage linked to diseases such as cancer. Prevent Arthritis Analysis of 13 studies found that taking a vitamin C supplement over 30 days significantly reduced blood uric acid which helps protect against gout arthritis. Fights Anemia Vitamin C has been shown to enhance iron absorption. Eating it along with sources of iron such as dark leafy greens, melons and strawberries can help raise levels. Promotes Healthy Skin Vitamin C is crucial in the body’s process of producing collagen which can help heal wounds and keep skin’s strength and elasticity making it appear more youthful. How much should I get? The recommended daily intake for vitamin C is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. It is recommended you get it through food but you can also take it as a supplement. What foods are good sources of vitamin C? Citrus fruits such as oranges, strawberries, kiwis, guava, black currants, thyme, parsley, kale, green chili peppers, sweet yellow peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts and potatoes are all good sources of the vitamin.
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