Does your body produce Vitamin C? Nope!
Does your body store it for future use? Nope again.
So we have to make sure we are getting an optimal amount on a daily basis. We’ve all heard that Vitamin C is important but do you know why? Here’s a brief explanation of what it does for us.
- vital for growth and repair of all the tissues in the body
- helps the body make collagen ( the protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, etc)
- needed to heal wounds
- helps repair and maintain bones and teeth
- aids in iron absorption (so you aren’t tired or anemic)
- it’s an antioxidant so it helps protect cells from free radical damage (free radicals are the bad guys in the body that need to be eliminated every day)
- strengthens immune system
As you can see, it plays a pretty important role! But since our bodies don’t store it, how can we make sure we get enough? Here are some foods that are high in Vitamin C-
- Red and green peppers
- Brussel sprouts
It’s very hard to get too much Vitamin C and if you do, it won't hurt you. Because it's water soluble, the excess will be eliminated and you can start over the next day.
Most people don’t get enough C from their foods so a supplement is a good way to ensure adequate amounts. As with any supplement, you need to be careful where you get it. Many grocery store brands and health food stores carry supplements that have a lot of synthetic additives. I have a few researched and trusted brands that I am happy to share with you.