Whenever there’s a chance of catching a cold, I try to boost my vitamin C which can help the immune system. When I was in college, I relied to Emergen-C (the powdered drink) yet these past few years I’ve used my smoothies as my immune booster.
We often hear that we should drink citrus juice or eat citrus fruits to boost our vitamin C levels, which is good advice. Beyond oranges, the array of vitamin C-rich foods is vast and colorful. These gorgeous orange Vitamin C Smoothie Cubes contain over 100% of the recommended daily value (RDV) of vitamin C, which is essential for many functions within the body.
What Does Vitamin C Do?
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants. It keeps the immune system humming along to protecting against damage caused by free radicals which may prevent certain cancers from forming.
Vitamin C is vital for protein metabolism. It also helps protect against heart disease, aids the absorption of iron and the prevention of scurvy. Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen, L-carnitine, and some neurotransmitters too. And vitamin C is an integral part of wound healing.
Did you know…
Another name for vitamin C is ascorbic acid. Because vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin (easily dissolved by water) that is not synthesized by the human body. Vitamin C must be constantly replenished through a healthy diet or the aid of supplements. So let’s dive into ways you can get enough Vitamin C with a plant-based lifestyle.
Best Source of Vitamin C: Food or Supplements?
Studies show that taking a vitamin C supplement isn’t as effective as getting it from a diet filled with vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables. Grains typically do not contain vitamin C, but are added before being packaged and sold. You may see vitamin C listed on the nutrition labels of breakfast cereals, breads, and other grain-based products.
The typical adult requires 60 mg of vitamin C per day. Recommended amounts vary by gender and age, so you may require more or less than 60 mg.