Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, so it is not able to be stored in the body. This means that our bodies need constant replenishment over the day to be able to utilize it.
Vitamin C effects the body by;
- Increasing the absorption of nonheme iron (plant iron)
- decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholestrol and triglycerides.
- Improves the function and communication of certain neurotransmitters
- Vitamin C regenerates other antioxidants within the body as well, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) So you get a multi whammy antioxidant boost!z
Vitamin C also synthesises into L-cartine which plays a role in the production of energy. This occurs because L-cartine transports fatty acids to your cells’ energy producer the mitochondria. This is particularly important for anybody who follows a low carb diet, or if your body burns fats often as opposed to carbohydrates. People who walk or run for extended periods of time or skip breakfast are likely to be in this category.
Free Radical Killer
After consumption the vitamin gets to work, roaming the body seeking out and neutralizing nasty free radicals. These free radicals attach themselves to cells which can influence us to become sick. This includes illnesses from the common cold to certain cancers.
Humans are in fact one of the only animals (as well as monkeys, Guinea pigs and fish) that does not produce its own vitamin C. We must consume it regularly through a balanced diet.
"Humans are in fact one of the only animals (as well as monkeys, Guinea pigs and fish) that does not produce its own vitamin C."
This vitamin is essential for the biosynthesis of collagen. Collagen is responsible for the bodies connective tissues and boosts your health by,
- Improving skin and hair
- Repairing joints
- Boost metabolism
- Strengthen teeth and bones
- Helps detox
- Reduce cellulite and stretch marks
A little extra protection
Have you heard of nitrites? Well they are added to processed food like cured sandwich meats, bacon, salami or sausages to give them colour and to prolong their shelf life. Research has shown that nitrites once ingested, convert to nitrosamines in the body, which can increase your risk of developing cancer. Why are they even allowed to add these? I don’t know. But Vitamin C does help neutralise these buggers. So now you know…
The top ten
1) Guava 1 fruit: 377 mg
2) Black Currant 1 cup: 203 mg
3) Red pepper1 cup chopped raw: 190 mg
4) Kiwi 1 piece: 164 mg
5) Green peppers 1 cup chopped, raw: 120 mg
6) Strawberries 1 cup: 89.4 mg
7) Papaya 1 cup, in pieces: 86.5
8) Orange 1 large: 82 mg
9) Broccoli 1 cup raw: 81.2 mg
10) Kale 1 cup raw: 80 mg
So, there it is. Vitamin C, a very effective and important vitamin that is super easy to manage. Picking up a daily smoothie is a delicious way to do it. Vitamin C needs are covered.
Love as always