Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most familiar vitamins and most popular supplement choices in the U.S. Why take it? What does it do and how can I get it besides supplementation? The human body does not manufacture or store vitamin C, therefore you have to acquire it through outside services. It is important for growth and tissue repair throughout the body. Vitamin C is needed to:
• form collagen
• to make skin, tendons, ligaments, scar tissue, and blood vessels
• healing wounds
• repairing bones, cartilage,  and teeth
• antioxidants (block free radical damage that contribute to aging and health conditions like cancer, heart disease, and inflammation).

    Many diseases: cardiovascular, joint, cancer, thyroid, lung, eye, and liver require an emphasis on vitamin C intake. Other health conditions with an emphasis on vitamin C intake:
• acne
• alcoholism
• Alzheimer’s
• asthma
• autism
• depression
• diabetes
• irritable bowel disease
• Parkinson’s disease

   Full blown vitamin C deficiency is known as scurvy (think of pirates with bleeding gums and discolored skin) although, this kind of severity is rare in the U.S.
    How can you get more vitamin C? Excellent sources are:
• broccoli
• bell peppers
• kale
• cauliflower
• strawberries
• lemons
• mustard and turnip greens
• Brussels sprouts
• Chard
• cabbage
• spinach
• kiwi
• oranges
• grapefruit
• limes
• tomatoes
• zucchini
• raspberries
• asparagus
• celery
• lettuce
• fennel
• peppermint
• parsley

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