Vitamin C and Cold Season – Food or Supplement?

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It is that time of year when the running noses, coughs are the first signs of the flu or weakened immune system.  It is also very critical for you to be eating a balanced diet and getting enough rest.

 

Vitamin C may also be known as the super-hero vitamin during flu and cold season but take a look at which sources they are coming from in your diet.  Vitamin C preventing and treating the common cold Are they coming from vitamin C drops, supplement or food sources?

 

Supplements seem to be getting a bad rap including recent finding that vitamins C and E and beta-carotene did not prevent cancer in women and vitamins C and E did nothing to prevent cancer in men nor did they prevent heart attacks Vitamin C and E not effective for heart prevention.

Supplements may fill in some loose ends in the diet but it is extremely important to build the base of good nutrition from REAL food! After hearing so many studies question the efficacy of supplements, I truly support the basics of eating a balanced diet for a healthy you!

 

Now back to fighting the cold and flu, orange juice seems to be one of the first foods that many turn when first symptoms appear but take a look at other high sources of vitamin C Dietary Guidelines for Americans

 

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adult men is 90 mg and for adult women it is 75 mg. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is easily excreted in the body.

 

vitamin C’s function is necessary for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body and essential for healing wound and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth.  It is also a very well-known antioxidant. All fruits and vegetables contain some vitamin C but there are many that are good and excellent sources of vitamin C including green peppers, citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, turnip greens and other leafy greens, sweet and white potatoes, cantaloupe, papaya, mango, watermelon, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, winter squash, red peppers, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and pineapples.

 

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