Vitamins/Supplements

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C also known as Ascorbic Acid (L ascorbic acid) has a significant history with sailors, who lacked the ability to get fresh fruits and vegetables.  

Centuries ago, sailors had first hand experience of Vitamin C deficiency with: swollen and bleeding gums, loose teeth, bleeding under the skin and slowed healing of wounds. Human bodies reacted by developing the condition we know now as scurvy.   Many of these sailors with scurvy, death could and often did, quickly follow.

In the 1930’s Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered the chemical ascorbic acid/vitamin C.  

Did you know Vitamin C also enables the body to efficiently use carbohydrates, fats, and protein?

Vitamin C is known as a water soluble vitamin (meaning it can dissolve in water and is not stored in the body) also acts as an antioxidant, plays a key role in the building of collagen certain neurotransmitters, and helping maintain a healthy immune system.

Humans are unable to synthesize (make their own) vitamin C, but today food sources and supplements are easily obtained.

Some natural Vitamin C sources are fruits and vegetables like:

Acerola cherries

Guava

Oranges

Grapefruit

Strawberries

Papaya

Pineapple

Brussel sprouts

Kale

Broccoli

Peppers- red & green

So many choices to get our vitamin C!  Since it is a water soluble vitamin, your body will not hold on to and store this.

You really can’t lose with these choices – vitamins, water & fiber!

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