Vitamin C – An Immune Powerhouse

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Vitamin C may be one of the best known nutrients, but it’s powerful health benefits are often under appreciated.

Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, and many other fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant. Most people know that a deficiency in vitamin C can lead to scurvy1 (remember the stories about the British Navy having lemons on their ships?) but do we know what Vitamin C can do for us when we consume it in abundance?

  1. It supports healthy immune function
  2. Viruses and bacteria do not like vitamin C, so it both prevents and treats illness
  3. Keeps our bones healthy
  4. Helps promote collagen synthesis (skin, anti-aging, repair and wound healing)
  5. Involved in production of several neurotransmitters (aka supports mood)

Ways to increase vitamin C intake:

  • add lemon or lime juice to smoothies and dips (guacamole, hummus) for flavour and a boost of vitamin C
  • use green leafy veggies (in everything!)
  • keep a bowl of high vitamin c fruit on the counter for easy snacking
  • eat more fermented foods (kimchi and sauerkraut are high in vitamin C and also support healthy gut flora – win win!)
  • take a supplement – *vitamin C is water soluble and generally safe. Higher doses may contribute to loose stool, which will resolve once the supplement is stopped.
  • Get an IV boost!
  1. Carpenter KJ. Ann Nutr Metab. 2012;61(3):259-264.

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Naturopathic Doctor

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