The Importance Of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is absolutely essential for health, strength and resilience and we will certainly know it quite quickly if we don't get enough of it (see deficiency list below) but unlike most of creation the human body can't manufacture vitamin C, it has to be eaten.
Primates, bats and guinea pigs are the only ones that can't make vitamin C! I love little fun facts like that!
We can’t make it or store it so we have to eat it every day. If we don’t, we simply don’t have it and all the benefits it delivers. “Oh I know all about bit C!” I hear you cry. When I catch a cold I eat more oranges or pop a vitamin C supplement! But here's a question for you: Why did you catch the cold in the first place? It is not inevitable that you catch one cold after another right through the winter, with a couple of summer colds thrown in for good measure.
That is a sign that your resilience is low, that your immune system is struggling to fight off infections. Taking more vitamin C at that stage may well be helpful but is a bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. Its damage control.
Far better to make sure you have plenty of vitamin C in your system every single day so your immune cells can blow those invading viruses and bacteria out of the water before they have a chance to move in and set up home. Let’s see if you’re currently getting enough. Do you suffer from:
Lack of energy
Bleeding or tender gums
Slow wound healing
Here’s an added consideration:
You need way more vitamin C if you smoke cigarettes, live, work or exercise in polluted areas, are highly stressed or eat a lot of fried foods.
Vitamin C is found in many fruit and vegetables including:
I often get asked which is better, fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables?
The fresher the food, the higher the amount of vitamin C it will contain.
So a local, freshly picked food will always come out on top.
Fruit and vegetables start losing their nutrients from the day they're picked, so an orange that has traveled half way around the world to arrive at your supermarket has already lost a lot. If you then buy it, take it home and wait another day or two before eating it, there can be no guarantee that there is any vitamin C left in the poor thing.
This is where frozen fruit and vegetables come into their own. No nutrients are lost through freezing and they are usually frozen start after picking so frozen foods are often a great choice.