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GET YOUR DOSE OF VITAMIN C TO KEEP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG

posted May 6, 2019, 3:22 AM by Janene Sacks
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system. Because your body cannot make vitamin C, it must come from the foods you eat every day.
 
Research shows vitamin C is essential for the growth & repair of tissue all over the body. Vitamin C helps heal wounds & repair & maintain healthy bones, teeth, skin & cartilage — a type of firm tissue that covers the bones. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals in the body which may help prevent or delay certain cancers & heart disease, & promote healthy aging. Vitamin C from foods also seems to reduce the risk of cartilage loss in those with osteoarthritis. Though it may not keep you from catching a cold, there is some evidence that high doses of vitamin C may decrease the length of cold symptoms by as much as one to one-and-a-half days for some people. However, other studies did not result in the same findings, and the risk of side effects is greater with high doses of vitamin C supplements, so check with your doctor or dietitian before taking.

Many fruits & vegetables supply this vital vitamin. Sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, coloured peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts & kiwifruit, among others. You can enjoy these foods raw or cooked, but it's important to note that fruits & vegetables lose vitamin C when heated or stored for long.



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