While there are health benefits to the immune system, this only touches the surface of what the essential nutrient Vitamin C can do for your health.
The most famous vitamin, Vitamin C is commonly associated with having a cold and drinking orange juice, but what are the benefits of vitamin c in your wellness and weight management plan.
A water-soluble vitamin, excess Vitamin C is excreted through the urine, making it difficult to overdose, as opposed to the sunshine vitamin D which is a fat-soluble vitamin. However, this does mean that you need a constant supply, as you body keeps very little on hand in your liver, stored up for a rainy day.
As mentioned, Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and great supporter of the immune system. Acting as a natural antihistamine, it has been demonstrated to shorten colds and reduce their severity. This reduction of histamine levels can also help with allergies and asthma. Some take these benefits to the extreme and recommend a ‘megadose,’ which can be 2 grams (or 40 times the recommended daily allowance). Though overdosing is unlikely, there appears to be a therapeutic limit of 2 grams, which if exceeded often leads to upset stomach. More and more research is appearing which indicates that these megadoses may not actually be very helpful and can be a bit harmful.
This great vitamin can be found in a multitude of foods: mostly fruits including melons, citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and lime, strawberries, mangos and kiwifruit. However, a downfall of Vitamin C is that it is easy to destroy. Transport, processing, handling, and storage can all work to reduce the available nutrition amount. Therefore, it’s best to eat these fruits or juices as fresh and as unprocessed as possible. A supplement can also be taken to top up your daily amount or to boost your immune system during a cold.
Don’t forget, the foods mentioned above are only part of a balanced diet that should also include whole grains, proteins and vegetables. A diet rich in vitamins and essential nutrients can go a long way in creating a healthy lifestyle and promoting weight loss.