The Life Saver: How to Get More Vitamin C in Diet

Antioxidants Thwart Chronic Ailments

Antioxidants is the key word in good health. We all know the story how antioxidants can prevent the formation of free radicals and make them inactive. And thus antioxidants delay aging, prevent cancer and a variety of other chronic ailments.

Vitamin C, the Vital Role

One such antioxidant is Vitamin C or ascorbic acid. Vitamin C has a major role in protecting the body from diseases and is a vital water soluble nutrient that gets eliminated when not needed.

Unfortunately, we humans cannot make this vitamin on our own like other mammals. We don’t have a choice but to get it through our diet. The recommended dose of Vitamin C is a minimum of 90mg/day for men and 75mg/day for women. However, researchers from Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute point out that Vitamin C has a strong ability to protect and prevent and, propose to increase the daily dose of Vitamin C to “to a modest intake of 200 milligrams”.

The Benefits of Vitamin C

A higher and regular intake of Vitamin C can be effective in the treatment and prevention of:

1. Acne
2. Cold and related ailments.
3. Diabetes
4. Coronary heart disease
5. Stroke
6. Cancer
7. Cataract
8. Gout
9. Hypertension
10. Low Immunity

It can also prevent and delay a variety of other chronic ailments also.

The Food Sources of Vitamin C

As per the WHFoods, Vitamin C is available in plenty in foods like broccoli, bell peppers, parsley, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lemon juice, strawberries, mustard greens, kiwifruit, papaya, kale, cabbage, romaine lettuce, turnip greens, oranges, cantaloupe, summer squash, grapefruit, pineapple, chard, tomatoes, collard greens, raspberries, spinach, green beans, fennel, cranberries, asparagus, watermelon, and winter squash.

As simple as a glass of fresh orange juice can give about 60 mgs of Vitamin C.

While scientists remark that a slightly higher intake of vitamin C cannot pose any health risks, one cannot fully overlook the possibility of conditions like kidney stones.

Warning note: Do not take any supplements OTC without the consent of your doctor.

-Aparna K.V.

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