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Why we need Vitamin C

Vitamin cVitamin C is a form of sugary acid that is water soluble and is most commonly found in citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables and is a staple ingredient used to fortify foods. This super vitamin is a familiar childhood supplement and one of the most important for our continued wellbeing.

Humans suffer from a deficiency which prevents us from generating vitamin C in our bodies. Most other mammals can synthesise this vital nutrient with glucose produced by enzymes in the liver. The only way we humans can get this vital elixir of life is through our diet.

Beat Heart disease.

Animals don’t get heart attacks because they produce vitamin C in their bodies which protects blood vessels walls. In humans, unable to produce Vitamin C, a condition known as Hypoascorbemia, dietary vitamin deficiency weakens these blood vessel walls which go on to cause cardiovascular disease which is an early form of scurvy. Clinical studies have found that daily intakes of Vitamin C can reverse and even halt the effects of coronary heart disease naturally.
In addition to Vitamin E and two other amino acids, Lysine and proline, vitamin C is vital for the creation of collagen, the major protein in soft and connective tissue throughout our body. Vitamin C therefore helps provide us with healthy skin, hair, corneas, tendons, muscles, ligaments, bones, organs, cartilage and the basis for the structure of our cells. Without it we simply fall apart, which is called scurvy. As we have already said, but I think it’s worth saying twice, Vitamin C is also responsible for the strengthening of our cardiovascular system. A lack of this vital vitamin kills one in every two and half people.

Fight free radicals

Vitamin C acts as a powerful antihistamine, antiviral and antitoxin. It also acts as an antioxidant, which neutralizes cell damaging free radicals or oxidant elements in the body. As we age, we slowly oxidise or rust! An antioxidant is a type of molecule able to slow down or prevent this oxidation process. Antioxidants, like Vitamin C, stop these reactions by removing the free radicals and becoming oxidised themselves. If there are more free radicals than antioxidants can control, the body suffers oxidative stress which can cause diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and chronic inflammatory disease. Vitamin C is a major factor in preventing this from occurring.

Where can you find Vitamin C?

Vitamin C can be found in fruits and vegetables and also in some meats. Rose hips, blackcurrants, peppers, kiwi, guava, broccoli, and the Christmas favourite, Brussels sprouts are all high in vitamin C.
Raw is good – cooking and heating destroys many of the active compounds of vitamin C. If you boil a saucepan of vegetables for too long you risk having more vitamin left in your pan than on your plate.
Fresh is best – As food is stored the vitamin C content gradually decomposes. An orange in your fruit bowl will lose 50% of its vitamin C in two weeks.
Fruit and Veg – A diet of 80% plant based organic fruits and vegetables are best,if you can eat 60% of these raw then even better.

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