Kate's Cuisine

Jun 12 2009

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the vitamins that most people know is important to take but many don’t know just how important it is. Vitamin C has so many benefits, not the least of which is being an extremely powerful antioxidant.

This essential vitamin also helps the body create collagen, which helps bones and teeth grow, promotes blood vessel health, and can help heal wounds! And although many know to start taking Vitamin C when they’re sick, if at  no other time, they may not necessarily know why. The reason is because Vitamin C can greatly help against infections and sickness and is most commonly known for preventing the common cold. However, other than the cold, Vitamin C can also help prevent many types of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and cataracts.

Men over the age of 19 should make sure they are getting at least 90mg/day of Vitamin while women over the age of 19 should get at least 75mg/day. Fruits and vegetables are the highest sources of Vitamin C in foods and kiwi, oranges, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, and bananas are all excellent sources.

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