The Benefits of Vitamin C - Foods to Eat In Order To Boost Your Immune System

Becki Andrus

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Nearly everyone is aware that vitamin C is one of the most beneficial and popular of all the vitamins. Many people are aware that this particular vitamin offers many health benefits when consumed on a regular basis. Some people choose to consume foods that are high in vitamin C while others take supplements which provide the recommended daily dosage. There are numerous ways in which people are able to obtain the benefits of vitamin C in order to make sure that their bodies are healthy and strong.

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There are a number of benefits that are obtained from consuming vitamin C. The most familiar benefit is the immune boosting qualities it imparts. Most people are aware that consuming foods that are high in vitamin C can help reduce the chances of becoming ill, particularly during cold and flu season. In fact, many cold medicines and treatments are made with vitamin C. Vitamin C has immune boosting properties which make it an excellent choice for anyone that wants to fight colds, infections and other diseases. Besides the boosting of the immune system, vitamin C is also known to help prevent a number of ailments which include cancer and strokes. Eye health is greatly improved by eating vitamin C. Furthermore, it has even been proven that vitamin C helps to fight wrinkles. Thus, there are many benefits in consuming this vitamin on a regular basis.

There are so many foods that contain vitamin C that it shouldn't be hard for people to get the required amounts in order to improve their health. It is recommended that adults obtain 500 milligrams of vitamin C on a daily basis. The required 500 milligrams can be obtained by taking a supplement or by eating an array of fruits and vegetables which contain vitamin C. In general, it is always best to obtain the vitamins that the body needs from natural sources such as food. There is a large variety of food that people can consume in order to obtain the benefits of vitamin C. Such fruits as oranges, grapefruit, limes, strawberries, kiwi and cantaloupe contain high levels of vitamin C. Vegetables such as peppers and potatoes contain elevated levels of vitamin C. By eating foods that are high in vitamin C on a regular basis people can gradually build up their immune system so that it is able to protect the body from something as small as the flu to more serious conditions such as cancer.

While Vitamin C offers many benefits it is important to note that this vitamin disintegrates very easily. In order to maintain the health benefits of vitamin C it is very important to prepare foods in the correct manner. If possible, try to consume natural sources of vitamin C such as fruits and vegetables in their raw state. Cooking tends to deplete fruits and vegetables of vitamin C tremendously. If cooking is desired it is best to cook them for a minimum amount of time at low heat. Likewise, the best sources of vitamin C are from foods that are in their natural state, foods that are free from processing.

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  • Wice says
    Vitamin C can't be stored in the body so you need a regular supply. Eating a normal variety of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis should be sufficient unless you are ill. One should bear in mind that with a good normal diet, there is little point in taking vitamin C as a supplement. If you do, then you should take it with food or it will leave your body almost right away through your urine - as does any excess vitamin C that you consume.

    You can overdose on Vitamin C. If the dosage is very high, the result can be unpleasant to say the least - severe diarrheal, kidney stones, severe gastrointestinal irritation and even kidney failure.
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      • Dee-Dee says
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