Benefits Of Vitamin-C, And The Fruits & Vegetables With The Most

September 30, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin

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Vitamin C is THE most popular vitamin supplement. And there are good reasons for that.

Your body is not able to make vitamin C on its own. It doesn’t store vitamin C. Therefore it’s important to include vitamin C-containing foods in your daily diet, and/or a supplement.

Vitamin C is safe, not expensive, and there are good things this powerful vitamin can do.

Here are some of the health benefits of vitamin C, and a list of fruits and vegetables with the highest source of the vitamin.


 
Modern survival very much includes taking care of yourself and your body to stay healthy.

 

Benefits Of Vitamin C

Forms an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.

Heals wounds and forms scar tissue.

Repairs and maintains cartilage, bones, and teeth.

A powerful antioxidant which blocks some of the damage caused by free radicals.

Free radicals are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation.

The buildup of free radicals over time is largely responsible for the aging process.

Free radicals may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis.

Your brain. Your brain has ~100 billion neurons which communicate with each other through ‘neurotransmitters’. Vitamin C is essential in their production.

Neurotransmitters impact your ability to focus, concentrate, and remember. They also control your mood, cravings, addictions, and sleep.

Mood. Vitamin C specifically increases the neurotransmitter serotonin (the “happy molecule”) and therefore may be considered nature’s own natural antidepressant.

Flush toxic heavy metals (Mercury, Aluminum) from the brain. Vitamin C acts as a powerful detoxifier that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier to remove these metals from the brain.

Vitamin C can reduce your stress response considerably. Your body uses it to suppress formation of the stress hormone cortisol.

 

Fruits With The Most Vitamin C

Cantaloupe
Citrus fruits and juices, such as orange and grapefruit
Kiwi fruit
Mango
Papaya
Pineapple
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries
Watermelon

 

Vegetables With The Most Vitamin C

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
Green and red peppers
Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens
Sweet and white potatoes
Tomatoes and tomato juice
Winter squash

 

Vitamin C Supplement

The USDA recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 75 mg per day for women and 90 mg for men. But these numbers are widely considered extremely low for good health because the RDA amount is just enough to prevent diseases like scurvy, but not the amount needed for optimal health. Many experts recommend 1000 mg – 2000 mg per day. Taking more than 2000 mg may cause digestive upset in some.

 
Sources of information:
National Institutes of Health – MedlinePlus
Alzheimers Research & Prevention Foundation – AlzheimersPrevention.org