Vitamin C in Food
Generally, when we think Vitamin C in food - our minds first flash to oranges or orange juice and indeed it's a great source! However, it is actually in other fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin C beyond oranges....
Vitamin C in Food - Best Food Sources
The best fruit sources of Vitamin C is found in cantaloupe, grapefruit, lemons, mangos, oranges, papayas, persimmons, pineapple, and strawberries. Vitamin C is also found in many vegetables and among the best are asparagus, avocados, beet greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, mustard greens, onions, green peas, sweet peppers, radishes, tomatoes, turnip greens, and watercress. This vitamin is also high in many citrus fruit drinks.
We here at Nutritional-Supplement-Educational-Centre would be remiss if we didn't comment on the importance of vitamin C and to make everyone aware that this vitamin quickly deteriorates during storage and food preparation. The best way to consume this powerful vitamin is to eat many raw vegetables and fruits, but if that's not your flavor - try slightly steaming or stir frying vegetables to preserve all the Vitamin C in food.
In addition, to minimize the loss of vitamin C in food, buy fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season, store them in the refrigerator, and consume them as soon as possible. Also, keep chopping to a minimum, wash fresh foods quickly, and do not let them stand in water.
Nutritional-Supplement-Educational- Centre’s Recommendation
About Vitamin C in Food
Americans struggle daily trying to consume the daily recommended allowances on fruits and vegetables. We agree that consuming natural Vitamin C through food sources is good, but it isn't enough for health in our chemically polluted and stress-filled world. Our foods simply lack nutritional value to keep up with our nutritional requirements.
Modern farming practices have resulted to soils lacking in certain nutrients as well as harvesting and shipping practices are dictated not by nutritional considerations but by marketing demands. Now, add to this extensive processing, preservatives, additives, improper storage, and other factors, along with an estimated seven billion pounds of toxins and chemical agents added to the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe each year, and it's no wander our bodies are beginning to break down.
Bottom line ---- our vitamin C in food sources has declined in nutritional value.
For this reason, we believe that you should consider adding a vitamin C supplement to you're daily regimen, especially if your diet is low in vitamin C food sources.
It is also important to note that science has proven that nutrients work best when they are consumed in proper ratios. This is often referred to as balance. Research has demonstrated that taking high doses of isolated vitamins and minerals can be very harmful to your health. This is one reason why high doses of any nutrient should be done under a doctor’s care.
In addition, nutrients tend to work in harmony and synergistically with one another to achieve the highest health benefits.
For example, vitamin C works best in concert with other antioxidants, especially vitamin E and flavonoids. The flavonoids, also known as bioflavonoids, also enhance the effectiveness of vitamin C. Moreover, as important as vitamins are, vitamins cannot function and cannot be assimilated without the aid of minerals. Put simply, often a blend of nutrients can work better together than one nutrient on its own.
Therefore, we believe to achieve vibrant optimal health, one should consider taking a comprehensive multivitamin and mineral supplement. In fact, highly sophisticated developers and manufacturers of supplements are producing products that go far above the basic vitamin and mineral supplement.
The product may include not just vitamins and minerals found in any typical multi vitamin and mineral supplement, but also specialty antioxidants that are much more powerful than vitamins, and other nutrients such as amino acids, bioflavonoids, carotenoids, herbal extracts, enzymes, trace elements, neuronutrients, and other complementary co-factor ingredients that are needed to keep up with our nutritional requirements for optimal health.
However, keep in mind that there are times that a physician may recommend a single nutrient for therapeutic reasons.
Tips and Precautions on Choosing a Vitamin C Supplement
For tips and precautions on buying a quality Vitamin C supplement and/or a comprehensive multivitamin and mineral supplement, click here: Facts on Vitamin C
and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Featured Vitamin C Supplement
Looking to go way beyond vitamin C in food?
After years of taking and researching supplements, we here at Nutritional-Supplement-Educational-Centre personally take an all-in-one highly sophisticated comprehensive multi-nutrient product called Total Balance from a New Zealand company that is aptly named Xtend-Life Natural Products. It contains a full spectrum of over 70 nutrients, including vitamin C that the body needs for optimium 'whole' body health.
Total Balance is formulated by a highly credentialed scientific team that can blend these ingredients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, specialty nutrients, enzymes, potent antioxidants, herbal extracts, and others) perfectly to ensure maximum benefits, but as importantly that they also do not interact adversely. Plus, Total Balance is enteric coated to protect all of these ingredients against stomach acids and to ensure maximum bio-availability.
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We here at Nutritional-Supplement-Educational-Centre have been taking Total Balance for several years now and can personally attest to its excellent results such as an increase in energy levels, mental clarity, and an increase feeling of well-being.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
Vitamin C in food and supplements
are the best way to obtain the amount that you need to reap the benefits of Vitamin C and all it can do for your body.
Much more than Vitamin C in Food can be found at our Vitamin Supplements webpage