Vitamin C 🍊
Which fruits are your favourite sources of vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is so essential to overall health and wellbeing.
🍊–>Its an antioxidant, protecting the cells from harmful molecules (free radicals) and oxidative stress.
🍋–> It increases the absorption of iron. If you have low iron stores, taking vitamin C rich foods or a supplement can help increase your iron absorption levels.
–> Skin health: Vitamin C has an important role in the making of collagen, a protein found in skin and connective tissue. Collagen is important for healthy, youthful skin as well as bone, teeth and joint health. As we age, collagen levels decrease and can contribute to dry skin, wrinkles and loose skin and hair changes. Vitamin C also provides photoprotection, protection from harmful UV light.
🍋–> Immunity: Vitamin C is an important vitamin for immune health. You may have often heard of people increasing their vitamin C dosage during the cold and flu season for its immune benefits. Studies have shown that vitamin C deficiency can cause reduced resistance against many pathogens (disease-causing agents) and supplementation can reduce the duration of the common cold.
🍊–> Wound healing: Vitamin C has an important role in repairing and regenerating connective tissue!
With its widespread benefits, make sure to have vitamin C rich foods in your diet.
Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C rich foods include: citrus fruits, kiwi, leafy vegetables, berries, red peppers, parsley, broccoli among more.
By Dr. Ayesha Qureshi, ND