Vitamin C- Are you getting enough?

Did you know that Vitamin C is not produced by the body? The therapeutic properties of  this vitamin are bountiful.

They include: High anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties aiding in the prevention of cataracts and helping to lower cholesterol.  Vitamin C is also a great antidote for neutralizing free radicals that will cause premature aging. SCORE 🙂 Vitamin C also is amazing and works wonders at the onset of a cold or flu. Did you know that the body also needs vitamin C to make collagen, a protein required to help wounds heal? I had a client once that told me she struggled with slow wound healing and once we ran her blood tests indeed she was low in Vitamin C. It was fascinating. She had been living abroad for the last 6 months and her diet was not very full of fresh fruits and vegetables. We started her on a Vitamin C plan and now if she gets a cut or scrape it heals up quickly and nicely.

Foods rich in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe, yellow bell peppers, guavas and yes even a baked potato. Here is one of my favorite halibut recipes that uses grapefruit, a wonderful source of Vitamin C

Halibut with grapefruit
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Red peppers are a great source of Vitamin C as well. This dip has never disappointed me and I always get asked for the recipe if I bring it somewhere. I hope you like it.  

Roasted Red Pepper Dip
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A lot of time people think that just taking a multi vitamin is a way to get enough C but this is not true. Make sure and look for Vitamin C as Ascorbic Acid. Most healthcare experts agree women should shoot for 35mg a day and men 90mg a day. You can overdue Vitamin C but it takes a lot to do this and I do not see it very often, your body will excrete any extra in your urine usually. However if you do notice strong stomach cramps or abnormal diarrhea after starting a Vitamin C supplement I would discuss it with your doctor. 

There are a lot of good supplement sources out there as well as a lot of poor ones. Do your research. This is my favorite. This is my second favorite.   I always recommend getting your vitamins and minerals from a food source but sometimes I do supplement especially during cold and flu season.  Tune into your body and pay attention to how you feel. I always supplement Vitamin C during the winter, so far so good when it comes to not getting sick. 🙂

Vitamin C
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