We have come to that time of the year where lots of people are increasing their Vitamin C levels in an attempt to ward off colds and coughs in the cooler months to come. Good levels of Vitamin C are important at all times and not just in winter as we are one of the few animals that cannot make this vitamin internally so we need to replenish our stores regularly.
You can find great levels of Vitamin C in fruit and vegetables and as long as you are consistently consuming a wide, varied diet you will get your daily requirements. Not only is it a great antioxidant but Vitamin C is excellent for increasing the absorption of iron. Adding dark greens, broccoli and peppers (capsicums) to your meat will increase your levels.
While it is found in many different fruit and vegetables, the following have the highest levels of Vitamin C: green and red peppers, oranges, strawberries, other citrus fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, mango, cabbage and watermelon.
One of the most important things to remember about this vitamin is that the vitamin availability in the product is changed by many things including season, transportation, storage and cooking. You can almost reduce the vitamin content up to 100% by cooking food as Vitamin C is sensitive to light, heat and oxygen. Cutting and bruising fruit and vegetables can also reduce the amount.
Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants for the body. So how does it work? It is super clever and travels around the body scavenging free radicals which basically means it goes around cleaning up the bad guys.
There are many easy ways to include this vitamin into your daily life. I like to make sure that I have fresh fruit and vegetables every day and I do that through regular smoothies, salads or snacking.
How do you keep your levels tip top?
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