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Vitamin C Importance


Note: please seek professional advice before self medicating on vitamin C supplements. There are too many people out there selling vitamin C and taking advantage of people at this time and sadly these people I am hearing about are from my community and one particular person whom I sadly know as corrupt. I was warned about that person when I moved to this country and can confirm that person to be a crook. Personally, I would rather people get this essential vitamin through their food intake and NOT supplements.


Vitamin C is an essential micro-nutrient for humans. It is also a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight disease causing free radicals. Because it’s a water soluble vitamin, vitamin C isn’t stored by the body and must be continually replaced.


The reason vitamin C is vital to our immune system is due to the fact it contributes to various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system. This means that it supports both our short term immune response and our long term one.


Vitamin C also has several additional duties in addition to immune support. It's an essential nutrient for promoting wound healing because it is required for the production of collagen, an essential component of connective tissue. It also helps produce certain neurotransmitters and L-carnitine, a naturally occurring amino acid. Vitamin C assists in the metabolism of protein, supports injury repair, assists in Liver detoxification and helps protect against heavy metals.


Because of its involvement with the creation of collagen, it is used in many skincare products to reduce the signs of aging and protect against skin damage.


Vitamin C deficiency leads to scurvy. Signs of deficiency can appear within 1 month of little or no vitamin C intake below 10 mg/day. Symptoms initially manifest as fatigue, malaise, and gum inflammation. As the deficiency develops, collagen synthesis becomes impaired and connective tissues become weakened, causing joint pain and poor wound healing, to name a few. Additionally, depression, iron deficiency, bone disease and loss of teeth can result. Here are some natural sources of vitamin C:


Red pepper, sweet, raw, ½ cup — 106% DV

Orange juice (fresh), ¾ cup — 103% DV

Orange, 1 medium — 78% DV

Grapefruit juice (fresh), ¾ cup — 78% DV

Kiwifruit, 1 medium — 71% D

Green pepper, sweet, raw, ½ cup — 67% DV

Broccoli, cooked, ½ cup — 57% DV

Strawberries, ½ cup — 54% DV

Brussels sprouts, cooked, ½ cup — 53% DV


DO NOT consume citrus fruits, grapefruit and pineapples if you are on any type of blood thinners. Or consume at your own risk.

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