Health Benefits of Vitamin C

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When we come down with coughs, sniffles, and sneezes we go running for vitamin C. We all know this water soluble vitamin has a functional role in immunity, but what else can it do? Let’s break it down and see the other health benefits.

  • Wound healing. Vitamin C is involved in protein metabolism, which help repair connective tissue.
  • It’s a powerful antioxidant! Research is looking into the possible effects vitamin C plays with preventing certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases. This antioxidant might also play a role in vision health.
  • It plays a part in preventing anemia. Consuming vitamin C along with plant based iron helps the body absorb non-heme iron.

As for top sources, there is an abundance of vitamin C in fruits and vegetables. Strong sources of vitamin C include raw red and green bell peppers, oranges, broccoli, cabbage and strawberries. Consider adding a piece of fruit with breakfast and some bell peppers in a lovely green salad to increase your total vitamin C intake. And remember that using high heat can damage content of vitamin C, so try steaming or microwaving to reduce losses during cooking.