The importance of vitamin C in the body, symptoms and the best sources

Published At: 03 January 2020 , 07:25 AM

Vitamin C is known to strengthen immunity, allowing it to fight winter viruses successfully, but studies have shown that it also helps prevent cardiovascular diseases, prenatal health problems, eye diseases, cell damage, and skin aging. It also helps the body absorb the substances it needs, such as iron.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. The human body is not able to synthesize or accumulate it, so it is important to include fruits and vegetables with a high content of vitamin C in the diet or to take it as a dietary supplement. YOUR BODY NEEDS TO RECEIVE VITAMIN C EVERY DAY.

Over the past ten years, more than 100 studies have been carried out as a result of which the list of health benefits of vitamin C is becoming longer. Since the human body does not produce vitamin C, people often suffer from a deficiency.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS

The weak immune system, ease of bruising, nosebleeds, gum bleeding, swollen gums, slow healing, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, dry and split ends, dry and red spots on the skin, rough and dry or flaky skin, swollen or sore joints, weight gain.

Health problems associated with vitamin C deficiency can become more pronounced over time and cause serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and atherosclerosis.

VITAMIN C SOURCE

The best source of vitamin C is fresh and thermally untreated, locally, biologically grown fruits and vegetables. During cooking and heat treatment of products, as well as during their storage, the content of vitamin C in them decreases.

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To get as much vitamin C and nutrients as possible:

1. Eat thermally unprocessed and fresh vegetables and fruits.

2. Eat vegetables and fruits immediately after slicing them.

3. Steam vegetables, not cook them.

Many people choose nutritional supplements because they think that they will get more vitamins in this way. Still, the best source of vitamins and minerals is fresh, thermally unprocessed fruits and vegetables. If you still need additional nutritional supplements, make sure that they are of high quality, biological, without additives and other synthetic ingredients, which in the long run, only harm health.

Eating every day 2-3 foods high in vitamin C, you can maintain the optimal level of this vitamin in the body.