It is cold and flu season again and many people are asking what to do to avoid or cure a cold or flu. One of the most common remedies is vitamin C. While there are many other things to do and consider, this short article will focus solely on Vitamin C, and specifically on ways to get vitamin C from whole foods (the best kind).
There is a difference between ascorbic acid and whole vitamin C. These two are often thought of as the same thing and used interchangeably. However, ascorbic acid is one component in vitamin C. When you take a vitamin C supplement or tablet, you are getting ascorbic acid. This is definitely better than nothing, but it is not the whole thing.
Vitamin C found in whole foods contains various other elements and benefits in addition to the ascorbic acid. Things like sulfur compounds, flavanoids, enzymes, minerals, etc. The compound of different elements all aid in helping to keep the body healthy.
So what are the benefits of vitamin C foods?
First they help protect cells from free radical damage. Second they lower your cancer risk. Third they regenerate your vitamin E supplies. Fourth they improve iron absorption.
How do you know when you need more high vitamin C foods? The following events can indicate that you are vitamin C deficient. Poor wound healing, frequent colds or infections, or lung related problems.
So what kind of foods contain vitamin C? The following list of some of the best foods with the highest concentration of vitamin C. These foods should be even in their whole state. Not processed. Here is a simple list of foods that all contain high amounts of vitamin C:
- Bell Peppers
- Lemon Juice
- Mustard Greens
- Romain Lettuce
- Brussels Sprouts
- Turnip Greens
- Swiss Chard
- Collard Greens
- Fennel And
- Green Beans
- Summer Squash
- Winter Squash
- Cayenne Pepper
- Sweet Potato
- Raw Onions
- Chili Palmer
- Shiitake Mushrooms
That's quite a list. As you can see, there are actually quite a few foods that are high in vitamin C. With a list like this, you should never have to take ascorbic acid supplement.
The largest, most important thing to keep in mind is that these foods should be eaten fresh and whole. It is okay to do minor preparation such as heating or cooking, but heavy processing should be avoided. And eating processed foods such as jams and jellies, sugary fruit juices, pop tarts, fruit snacks, do not count.
So there you go to the fantastic list to start with. Now go out and eat healthy.