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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin C

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin C

 

Vitamin C is beneficial  in the treatment for scurvy, increases iron absorption but can lower lead levels in the blood.  It can shorten the length of a common cold being it is a strong antioxidant.  It may need to be combined with other vitamins to effectively work for certain ailments.  For example, when used to reduce to the progression of age related macular degeneration , it is recommended to be combined with vitamin A, beta- carotene, vitamin E and Zinc according to WebMD.

So is there a risk of taking too much?  There are two main problems that can occur from having too much vitamin c.  They are diarrhea or kidney stones.  If you consume vitamin C in supplement form, back off a small amount if diarrhea presents itself.  

Some supplements are better than others.  I do suggest you buy any supplement from a healthfood store or a venue that their business is primarily focused on supplements.  Large chain stores tend to get the best bang for your buck, but don’t necessarily have your best supplement intake interest at heart.  Leave that to the experts and their knowledge base.  

I also suggest you talk with your pharmacist if you take medications to ensure no drug interactions.  For example, if you are taking chemo medication, vitamin C may lower their effectiveness.  Also, vitamin C in some forms can be acidic and may not be the right form for someone with ulcers or acid reflux.

Of course, it is always better to get our vitamin intake from the foods we eat.  Some foods high in vitamin C are….

    • Citrus Fruits such as oranges and lemons.  Add lemon to your drinking water.  It will taste great and is a great source of many vitamins and minerals.
    • Red and Green Peppers.  Slice them up for a nutritious low cal snack at work.

 

  • Kiwifruit is high in fiber and vitamin C but not very high in other vitamins or minerals.

 

  • Kale a superfood.  Not everyone likes this vegetable, however it is high in vitamin C, potassium and is a good source of fiber.  It is known to support healthy bones, skin, heart and more.
  • Brussel Sprouts again not everyone is a fan of these tiny cabbages.  But like Kale, they are high in fiber and vitamins.