Vitamin C: Do You Need It?

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It’s April 4th ~ It’s Nat’l Vitamin C Day!

I grew up hearing Vitamin C is good for you! It fights off colds and flus!

But is it true? Do we really need it? How do you know if you need it?

Our bodies do not produce Vitamin C and many people are deficient and don’t know it.

  • Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold
  • Vitamin C may be as beneficial to your heart as walking
  • Vitamin C is well known for helping relax blood vessels
  • There’s scientific evidence that Vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer).

The only way to get Vitamin C is from food and/or supplements. If you use supplements, organic is best. It’s important to get nutrients from foods – we can’t just eat horribly and count on supplements alone. I like to eat healthy, nutritious foods – and use supplements as well. It works well for me with battling chronic illness and prescription medications.

If you have a chronic illness or take prescription drugs, chances are great that you are deficient in all vitamins, including C and you need to consume even more Vitamin C rich foods than the average person.

Some More Vitamin C Benefits:

  • Repairs and regenerates tissues
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Increases the absorption of iron
  • Prevents scurvy
  • Decreases bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Helps delay or prevent cataracts
  • Supports healthy immune system function
  • Promotes skin health, including reversing ‘crepey skin’ and thin skin
  • Combats free radicals

I have personally had very good results with thin and crepey skin repair from Vitamin C therapy.

Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency:

Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, frequent colds, muscle weakness, joint and muscle aches, bleeding gums, rashes and other skin problems. Prolonged deficiency can cause scurvy, a rare but potentially severe illness.

Top 10 Vitamin C Rich Foods:

Oranges: 
1 large: 82 mg
Red peppers:
 ½ cup chopped, raw: 95mg
Kale
: 1 cup: 80 mg
Brussels sprouts
: ½ cup cooked: 48 mg
Broccoli
: ½ cup cooked: 51 mg
Strawberries
: ½ cup: 42 mg
Grapefruit
: ½ cup: 43 mg
Guava: 
1 fruit: 125 mg
Kiwi
: 1 piece: 64 mg
Green peppers: 
½ c chopped, raw: 60 mg

♥️ Make your own organic Vitamin C!

You will need several organic citrus peels as the peels contain much more Vitamin C than the fruit itself!

Wash them well, cut into strips or small pieces and dry them for several days, you can use a food dehydrator, but it’s not necessary! Once they are completely dry, grind them into a powder using a clean coffee grinder or a flour mill or the dry blade of a blender, such as Vitamix.

Store your homemade organic Vitamin C powder in an air-tight container, in the freezer up to 6 months!

A teaspoon-or-so-a-day added to your smoothie provides a good daily dose of Vitamin C!

To check for possible interactions with medications, go here. 

References:
Drs’ Andrew Weil and Joseph Mercola

Photo credit: Christina Im and Hayden Olsen

Author: cconlowolsen

I’m a mom with a background in nutrition, teaching, child and human development, photography, health, travel, outdoors, animal rescue, mentoring, business ownership, cooking, navigating traditional health care and alternative health care, writing, and more. I have a chronic illness I’ve been managing for decades while raising a family, homeschooling my kids and enjoying life to the fullest. I want to share my experiences both good and bad, to help others!

4 thoughts on “Vitamin C: Do You Need It?”

  1. I love the information you are sharing! I didn’t know you could make your own vitamin C that’s great! I actually just starting taking acerola vitamin C.

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