Have you ever sneezed at a family gathering and grandma handed you 15 packets of vitamin C and a gallon of orange juice? Well those packets of Vit-C won’t make your cold go away, but you should still thank grandma for looking after you. Research shows that Vitamin C is a key player in regulating body processes and also has some immunity benefits. Thankfully, you can find this powerful vitamin in more than just oranges. Several vegetables like red and green bell peppers and potatoes offer you good amounts of Vitamin C. You could even make a healthy bowl of pasta to get you there! Try out our Veggie Noodles with Nutty Sauce for a new way of getting your vitamins.
Ok, so this vitamin may not chase away your cold after it’s started, but it does offer immunity benefits and it’s crucial for building some body tissue.
Let’s Talk Essentials
When discussing nutrients and minerals, essential means things we need in our bodies, but don’t naturally produce. Vitamin C falls into this category. It’s critical in building blood vessels, muscle, collage in bones, and cartilage. As you can see, it helps your body create a lot of tissue and that’s one of the reasons why it helps your body heal.
“I thought you said it didn’t help immunity?”
Ah, but not quite. See, evidence shows that while Vitamin C won’t make your cold disappear overnight once you’ve started the process, it can still help. Those who regularly take Vitamin C supplements tend to have shorter colds with milder symptoms.
Furthermore, diets rich in fruits and veggies (like those with Vitamin C) have shown to lower risks of several kinds of cancer: breast, colon, and lung to name a few. It’s unclear whether it’s the vitamin per se that helps this process, or if it’s the combination of nutrition found in the high consumption of veggies and fruits. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant though, which means it helps mitigate the oxidative damage of free radicals in your system. Essentially, antioxidants help protect your cells. This is one of the reasons they are known to reduce the risk of developing cancer. So, if you really want to err on the side of caution: it never really hurts to add some citrus fruits to your diet!
Finally, Vitamin C can help you see… ok, that’s not entirely true. It won’t give you amazing eyesight or any x-ray vision superpowers. However, studies do show that taking Vitamin C supplements, along with other vitamins and minerals, can help prevent age-related macular degeneration from getting worse. Some research also demonstrates that those with high levels of Vitamin C in their diets have a lower risk of developing cataracts.
It’s Not All About Citrus
By now, you may want to pick up the phone and give grandma a thank you call. Though citrus fruits are the most famous providers of Vitamin C (like granny’s freshly squeezed lemonade), there are many other sources for it. Here’s just a few:
– Citrus fruits (can’t ignore them)
– Brussel sprouts
– And Spinach
– Vitamin C supplements
Those are a quite a few ingredients that lend themselves to prepping healthy meals for the whole family! If you’re looking for a quick Vitamin C-rich breakfast, try out our 10 Minute Hearty Cabbage Bowl. You’ll find it in our Fran’s Kitchen Nutrition Recipe eBook along with 11 other delicious recipes! It’s quick, easy, and you can even take it on the go with you.
Vitamin C supplements, in their proper doses, are generally safe. However, it’s always best to consult your doctor before starting any new supplementation routines. Also, supplements should not be a replacement for healthful and complete nutrition. True health comes from a balance of several things. Though supplementation, if done properly, can be a great addition to a healthy style, there are many other things to take into consideration. One of these things is overall self-care.
I firmly believe that optimal health is reached through a whole-body approach. The things we eat are important, but we have to change more than our diets. We have to change our approach to life in general. The space we surround ourselves in, whether positive or negative, can have a big impact on our health. This is why it’s important to set boundaries, accept yourself in every stage of life, and be kind to yourself. Embrace where you are, forgive the slip ups in your journey, and embrace your life to the fullest extent.
Starting a health journey specifically is a great way to experience this process. It can feel overwhelming and confusing at first, but little by little – you start to grow. If you put in the work and dedication to changing your life, you will achieve your goals. It takes a little patience, dedication, and most importantly: self-kindness. Plus, know that you are never alone. At Fran’s Kitchen, we have been careful in creating a team devoted to helping you through every step of the process. We are here to provide you with the guidance and encouragement you need for your unique journey, whatever that may look like.
You’re part of the FK family, and we’ll always be there to support you. You can reach us through social media https://www.instagram.com/frans_kitchen/ or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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