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Amazing Sources of Vitamin C in Nature What are their Benefits?

Updated on February 5, 2016
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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles

Find Vitamin C in Nature

Vitamin C is the 10th on the vitamin alphabet due to scientist’s fascination with the B for a while. It is normally confused with ascorbic acid and despite the fact that these two can normally be found together they are not the same chemical compound.

Ascorbic acid is actually known as a vitamer. Vitamers are chemical compounds with molecular structure similar to that of a vitamin. Vitamers can assume some of the roles of the vitamin they are associated to but not all of them and they tend to work well with them, For example Vitamin A has vitamers that are known as carotenoids which can be found in most if not all fruits.

Vitamin C and ascorbic acid are soluble in water. This is why most of us take them in effervescent tablets we can drink on the go. I advise against these however, I prefer natural methods to get my vitamins. Believe me, it is tastier and generally healthier.

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Vitamin C is naturally found in most fruits and it is typically related to higher levels of acidity. It has many health benefits and I will have the pleasure of educating you on the world of this agent of nature indispensable for the proper function of many of your bodily functions.

Arr! If you enjoy pirates of the Caribbean and you are well acquainted with pirate history you may know about scurvy. Scurvy is the result of the lack of production of vitamin c or the reduced consumption of it. Your body uses vitamin C to keep tendons, ligaments and your skin together, the result of its leads to your body falling apart. With it your body also builds the protein most skin experts know as collagen and collagen is necessary to give your skin its healthy and flexible tone.

Vitamin c is closely related to the status of your immune system and its well being. Any one that has recurring common colds or has their immune system constantly knocked down should indulge in taking more vitamin C.

This compound will not keep them from getting sick or heal them from a day to another but it has been proved that it can fortify defenses and substantially reduce the amount of days you get sick for.

Another benefit of Vitamin c is that it can help you seal your wounds in a quicker manner. This is the reason why applying some lemon and salt directly on a wound (while it may sting horribly) will bring about a quicker closure of the wound. As an antioxidant it can help you reduce and slow down your aging process. This is due to the fact that this vitamin can reduce the level and production of free radicals (the dudes in your body that make you age).

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Free radicals are the product of the decomposition of the proteins in your stomach, alcohol in your liver or smoke in your lungs. They are molecules with an unpaired electron essentially and over long periods of time, the build up of these in your body leads to aging. This is why people that drink, smoke or eat in an excessive manner tend to age much quicker.

Take for example people that smoke, it is an undeniable fact that they wrinkle faster and the calcification of their arteries can lead to aging in a quicker manner. Speaking of arteries, did you know that vitamin c keeps your arteries and blood vessels together? Yes it does and it keeps your ligaments working as well … it basically keeps your body from falling apart. Now you may wonder where to get more of it.

For starters it is common knowledge that you can buy your vitamins at the pharmacy over the counter. However, I advise against that, we never know how these vitamins are made or what chemicals are added to them. I disclaim, I’m not saying they don’t work but that it is better to play it safe and go with the other common place to find it: fruit.

Yes! You can find vitamin C in most fruits and berries. Anything from, apples, to pineapples to citruses contain it. Citruses are especially taken to get the daily amount needed for people. We all enjoy orange juices and going to our neighbor’s lemonade stand to recharge on our hydrolytes and some others also do it for the dosage of this wonder vitamin.

Other fruits that can provide you with vitamin C are the kiwi fruit, the mango, the cantaloupe, most of the berries you know also contain trace amounts of vitamin c: the strawberry, blueberry and the cranberry to name a few. Watermelons and star fruit can also provide you with healthy amounts of it.

Now, as for the amount of the vitamin you should be ingesting between 70 and 90 milligrams of it if you are an adult. Children between the ages of 4 to 13 should take between 25 and 45 milligrams of vitamin C a day. It becomes toxic after 2000 mg a day which is an impressive amount to consume if your getting it from fruit but not so much so if you’re getting it from a capsule. If you are a smoker, a higher dosage of this compound is needed every day about 35 more milligrams a day will line you up to the correct amount of it.

Garden of Life Vitamin C - Vitamin Code Raw C Vitamin Whole Food Supplement, Vegan, 120 Capsules
Garden of Life Vitamin C - Vitamin Code Raw C Vitamin Whole Food Supplement, Vegan, 120 Capsules

While most people associate vitamin C with immune support, the truth is that this powerful antioxidant, found in every cell of the body, is more far-reaching than a simple immune support vitamin. Protecting your cells against the effects of free radical damage, vitamin C helps the body ward off the effects of oxidative stress. It is critical in helping to build and maintain tissues while strengthening the immune system.

 

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Other ways of getting vitamin C include eating veggies. Vegetables can also provide healthy amounts of vitamin C believe it or not some of them include: the infamous broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peppers, cabbages, tomatoes (though tomatoes are actually considered be

If you still don’t believe vitamin C is essential for your well being here are some of the symptoms of deficiency of vitamin c (these symptoms appear after weeks of only getting about ten milligrams a day:

rries) and spinach.

Anemia can be brought about by the lack of it, the gums in your mouth and your teeth would suffer dire consequences including ailments like gingivitis. We say that vitamin C can aid the immune system but we never stop to explain that the absence of vitamin C can actually lead to the decrepitude of the immune system. In other words you are better off with it than without it. Want to bruise like a peach? Reduce your intakeand watch your skin go blue over the silliest bumps.

Finally, deficiency in vitamin C leads to the weakening of the ligaments and tendons and even their inflammation. Think of vitamin c as the lubricant that keeps your joints from destroying each other by rubbing against each other.

Vitamin C is an easy to get to as you can see and it is indispensable in your diet. If you are worried you aren’t getting enough of it contact your doctor and he will show you otherwise. This is such a common nutrient that it jumps out of every corner and deficiency of it is rarely seen in the States or Canada. These have been the natural sources of vitamin C and the health benefits you can get from it.


Article by: Alain Gutiérrez

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