The Healing Power of Vitamin C

If you are at all concerned about ensuring you have good health then you will probably be aware of the importance of vitamin C in our diets.

Firstly lets look at what are the main healing properties associated with vitamin C.

  • It is known to boost our immune system and fight off the common cold
  • It is linked with lowering the risk of onset hypertension and therefore being beneficial for our hearts.
  • It can help to detoxify our body and get rid of heavy metals.
  • It is said to help support a healthy gut which is vital for well being and many health experts believe is the key to longevity.
  • It is believed to help us manage our stress levels.
  • It may help to protect our bodies from pollution
  • Research suggests that it can reduce the risk of getting cataracts therefore is beneficial for our eyes.
  • Vitamin C, according to some is believed to be a vital nutrient for asthma patients as the antioxidants help to ease the discomfort in the lungs and air pipes.

How Much Vitamin C Do We Need?

There are many differing opinions when it comes to a daily recommended amount.

The American National institute for health recommends a mere 90 mg for adult males where as the vitamin C foundation suggests 3000mg. Many alternative health practitioners have researched the benefits of vitamin C and believe that we should be taking a lot more than the RDA. However this is for you to decide yourself just be sure that you are not mineral deficient as this can lead to serious health problems. If you are deficient in vitamin C this can lead to scurvy, which is a very unpleasant illness.

How To Increase Your Intake of Vitamin C

There are many fruits and vegetables which contain vitamin C although many people believe oranges to be high in vitamin C, fruits such as kiwi (our favourite) are said to be much higher as well as vegetables such as chili peppers and broccoli. However it is important to remember that to gain the optimum amount of vitamin C from these foods they should be eaten as fresh as possible. As soon as fruits and vegetables are cut up they start to lose their vitamins and minerals these are then further depleted when food is cooked.

The highest form of vitamin C known to man is found in the Camu Camu fruit. These fruit trees take years to be mature enough to bear fruit which may be one of the reasons why they are believed to contain 30 to 60 times more vitamin C than oranges.

You can purchase this fruit which is grown in South America in a Camu Camu powder form which can really help to boost your immune system, and allow you to receive the benefits of vitamin C.

There are other superfoods which are rich in vitamin C such as goji berries and raw cacao powder. This makes for a great excuse to make some raw chocolate and really enjoy myself whilst ensuring I am getting enough vitamin C.