Vitamin C is well known to help boost your immune system during the cold and flu season but did you know that you can take advantage of its benefits all year long?
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin that is naturally found in some fruits and vegetables. Surveys report that 18% of the US adult population, 14% of 13-18 year old male youth and 20% of 13-18 year old female youth consume less than 30 mg a day. This is less than half of what is recommended daily.
The key to optimizing your health with Vitamin C is consistency. Your body cannot make vitamin C on its own nor can it store vitamin C. It is important to continuously supply your body daily of vitamin c containing foods and other sources.
Fruits and vegetables are the best sources for vitamin C. Foods include citrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, kiwi fruit, spinach and strawberries. Take note that vitamin C is the least stable of all the vitamins and is readily destroyed by exposure to heat and air. Cooking, steaming, microwaving, prolonged storage and reheating reduces the vitamin C amount in foods. Knowing this, raw broccoli will be a better option for vitamin C than steamed broccoli, even if it is prepared in a healthy way. Eat vitamin C containing fruits and vegetables raw, in its fresh state, for a higher nutritional value.
When your diet is lacking in vitamin C, it is easy to supplement. Beware, not all vitamin C supplements are the same. Most vitamin C supplements are formulated with isolated ascorbic acid made synthetically in a laboratory. Remember, the best sources of vitamin C are from foods. When you supplement, supplement with vitamin C derived from food. OneBode Chew C is an example of a whole food vitamin C. Each chewable wafer contains vitamin C from Acerola cherry in a blend of black currant fruit, orange fruit, grapefruit juice and citrus bioflavonoids. Chew C offers 554% RDI vitamin C per serving.
Enjoy the antioxidant benefits of real vitamin C throughout the year.