Monday, May 16, 2011

Vitamin C, are you getting enough?
Vitamin C is necessary for a healthy body.  Our body can only store a limited amount so we need to consume vitamin C on a regular basis.  Some great natural sources of vitamin C include broccoli, brussel sprouts, papaya, strawberries, oranges, kale, lemons, cauliflower, garlic, grapefruit, and spinach.

Some say megadoses (eating many times the recommended amount) of vitamin C helps to shorten the duration of the common cold.  This is not true. Moderately increasing your vitamin C levels when you have a cold may help to slightly reduce a cold's duration.  Drinking orange juice does help by increasing your fluid intake, and a little extra vitamin C may help.

Chronic low blood levels of vitamin C have been linked with the development of  atherosclerosis, or thickening of artery walls by cholesterol that may lead to heart problems.

One Canadian study found that low levels of vitamin C were linked to higher waist circumference, body mass index, and blood pressure.

One problem with increasing vitamin C consumption is one of the most common methods to do this involves drinking more juice and therefore getting possibly unneeded extra calories.  Whole foods will provide the vitamin C we need when we know which ones have high levels of the vitamin. (see beginning paragraph for ideas.)

Make sure and get your vitamin C today!

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