Healthy Living

The Vitamin for You and Me

Did you ever think seriously how important Vitamin C is for you and your loved ones? Some of us heard from our parents or from our Science and Health teachers while we were growing up that it is good for our health. We may just have heard it in passing. But this time, maybe it’s a good idea to know more about it for the sake of our health and that of our loved ones.

Effective Nutrient. Experts say that Vitamin C is one of the most effective nutrients. Its benefits include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, pre-natal health problems, eye disease as well as skin wrinkling.

There is a recent study that looked at over 100 studies in 10 years which reveals a growing list of benefits of Vitamin C. This was quoted in an article about Vitamin C published in the health information website, WebMD. Study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan says: “Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health.” He notes that the more we study Vitamin C, “the better our understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, from cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, eye health…immunity to living longer.”

Ideal Dosage. Moyad adds that the ideal dosage of Vitamin C may be higher than the recommended dietary allowance. He goes on to suggest that a dietary supplement of Vitamin C of 500 milligrams a day plus 5 servings of fruits and vegetables is what we need to gain all the benefits from this vitamin. He recommends taking the “non-acidic, buffered form of the vitamin C.” The safe upper limit for vitamin C, he says, is 2,000 milligrams a day.

On the part of American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Dee Sandquist, RD, she suggests working “more fruits and vegetables” into our diets before taking supplements. She says that we are to “strive to eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily”. This will mean a healthy dose of vitamin C for us, along with an abundance of other vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals which are good for disease prevention and overall health.

Strawberries are a source of Vitamin C. Photo: www.cepolina.com
Strawberries are a source of Vitamin C. Photo: www.cepolina.com

Sources of Vitamin C. My husband and I take a daily dose of 500 milligrams of Vitamin C but we also make sure to include fruits and vegetables in our diet. As we have read from the 2 experts, fruits and vegetables are essential sources of Vitamin C.

These are some of the fruits and vegetables/ plant sources from which we could get Vitamin C: guava, both green and red chili pepper, red pepper, parsley, kiwi fruit and broccoli. Papaya, strawberry, orange, lemon, pineapple and cauliflower are also good sources.

By the way, there are also animal sources of Vitamin C like liver from beef, calf, chicken, lamb and pork. Milk from humans, camel, goat and cows also contain Vitamin C.  You may check out a list of more plant and animal sources of Vitamin C here.

My husband and I already had our share of Vitamin C today, now how about you? 🙂

3 Comments

  • Jessica Cassidy

    Vitamin C is very important especially that it is getting cold here 🙂 It will protect us from getting colds. I like to drink orange juice during breakfast. I love to eat my veggies. I seldom get sick, knock on woods 🙂

  • Nova S

    I wasn’t paying attention to the vitamins before until i have a son. and when we moved her in a colder place Vit C is a must for individual to boost our immune system so we don’t get sick easily.

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