Thursday, September 6, 2007

Vitamin Table:Vitamin C

Surely The most popular vitamin today is Vitamin C. And there is nothing surprising about it due to the large amount of body functions that need it, over 300. Its also a proven protection against cancer, heart diseases and other serious illnesses. Vitamin C is vital for the creation of collagen. Collagen has a lot of functions like regenerating from injuries and keeping the organs in place. Without vitamin C collagen would not be able to do that, and believe me that is bad news!

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant for the body and helps other vitamins and minerals to be absorbed better. Folic acid and iron, for example, need the vitamin C to maximize their usefulness. Its also a good defense against colds and other common ailments, unfortunately vitamin C doesn't prevent the catching of viruses but it speeds up the healing process.

Rich on vitamin C food sources are the Cranberries, the melon and most of the tropical fruits, in fact they have the highest amount of vitamin C from all the fruits. When it comes to vegetables the hot peppers are the richest, the hotter the pepper the richer it is. Unfortunately, the vitamin C is water soluble so many vegetables lose their effectiveness as a vitamin C provider if they are boiled for a long time. Steaming or quick stir frying vegetables ensures that more of their c vitamin content is retained. If consuming raw or quickly cooked fruits and vegetables 4-5 portions are enough to reach the recommended daily amount.

C vitamin supplements are extremely useful to ensure that people obtain sufficient c
vitamin. However, with a balanced diet the amount of c vitamin the body receives is likely
to be sufficient. However, if a person begins feeling tired or lethargic then a c vitamin
supplement will help overcome this. There is no danger of having too much c vitamin as the
body simply excretes the excess.
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