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Vitamin C is one of the delicious vitamins out there. We are literally surrounded by the abundance of it Mother Nature splashes it at us.

Vitamin C is one of the well-known vitamins among public. We do know to take vitamin C when we get flu and colds, as it tends to smooth out the symptoms and severity of how we feel. Vitamin C, thought, does not prevent or reduce colds or flu, as many studies reveal.

What vitamin C does is stimulate the production of white blood cells that support out immune system. Being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C gives a helping hand to white blood cells against oxidative stress, i.e., from free radicals.

But did you know that vitamin C is one of the crucial building blocks for collagen in your skin? Yes, this vitamin is a co-factor – its presence is required – when it comes to building and developing collagen in your skin.

Vitamin C when used with your food and through skin care could decrease the appearance of fine lines, diminish the speed in how rapidly your skin forms those wrinkles. With this power boost received especially through good nutrition, our skin gets a tremendous lift – both literally and figuratively – in its appearance and health and its ability to combat outside stressors like pollution and pathogens that can easily bring a huge damage to our skin and body.

One more thing per the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vitamin C showed some amazing results. Those subjects who had higher levels of vitamin C in their blood stream had almost a 50% decrease in stroke. This is for sure a HUGE something to live for!

Check out our previous AM Coffee discussions on GRAPEFRUIT properties and benefits and  STRAWBERRIES Here.

Take a look at a small number of foods that provide almost a 100% of Daily Value (DV) of vitamin C to our bodies! Most important, these foods are affordable and can be found in our food markets all-year-round. Eating in-season is always a most powerful thing we could do for our well-being!

FYI: Vitamin C tends to be destroyed by heat when we cook food. Eating Raw is the best. However we need to cook, especially veggies, try to go with a steaming option if possible, as steaming tends to destroy less of vitamin C.

1) Oranges
 1 large: 82 mg (over 100% DV)
2) Red peppers
 ½ cup chopped, raw: 95 mg (over 100% DV)
3) Kale
 1 cup: 80 mg (134% DV)
4) Brussels sprouts
 ½ cup cooked: 48 mg (80% DV)
5) Broccoli 
½ cup cooked: 51 mg (107% DV)
6) Strawberries
½ cup: 42 mg (70% DV)
7) Grapefruit
 ½ cup: 43 mg (71% DV)
8) Guava 
1 fruit: 125 mg (over 100% DV)
9) Kiwi
1 piece: 64 mg (33% DV)
10) Green peppers
½ c chopped, raw: 60 mg (100% DV)

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    Protect Your Cells Better with Vitamin C

    Source webMD

    Vitamin C helps you get rid of chemicals that damage your cells and DNA. It’s considered an antioxidant: It neutralizes “free radicals” in your body created by pollution, cigarette smoke, sunlight, radiation, and simply turning food into energy. That could help keep many parts of your body working better for longer and protect you from diseases, including Alzheimer’s and cancer.

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    Take a Look What Happens When Vitamin C is At Work for Your Skin!

    Source webMD

    Your body would fall apart without the protein collagen. Collagen fibers twist around each other to form scaffolding for your bones, cartilage, skin, and muscles (including your heart).

    They’re also in ligaments,tendons and blood vessels. You need collagen to grow new skin and make scar tissue when you get cut and to keep your skin from getting wrinkles. And your body can’t make collagen without vitamin C.

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    • mary taylor says:

      UGH ! I hate getting old 🙁

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    Does Your Brain Benefit from Vitamin C In Your Diet?

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    You need vitamin C to make key hormones that carry signals from your brain all over your body. These include serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. They affect your mood, memory, motivation, and how you feel pain. For example, serotonin plays a role in keeping your daily sleep cycle on track. It’s also what a common drug for depression works on.

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    • mary taylor says:

      I never ate grapefruit, I will have to try

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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        Check out our amazing AM Coffee discussion on GRAPEFRUIT HERE.
        So many points of view anybody could expand their knowledge on!

        • Amanda Alvarado says:

          I have always liked it with sugar but I haven’t had one for years! I think I’ll get some this winter when they are in season down here. We used to have a grapefruit tree in our backyard but it died! 🙁

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    Vitamin C & Our Sight

    Source webMD

    The vitamin A in carrots isn’t the only thing that’s good for your eyes. Some studies show that vitamin C might slow age-related macular degeneration (AMD) from getting worse, but it won’t prevent the disease. Other studies suggest a link between vitamin C and a lower risk of cataracts.

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    • mary taylor says:

      If this is Kale I never ate that either, But I am willing to try it 🙂 Thanks

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

        MARY,
        Yes, it is Kale.
        I eat kale either raw in small pieces in my salad.
        Or I cook with it. Thought vitamin C decreases with cooking, we still get nutritional value and fiber from Kale, and anticancerous properties.

        • Amanda Alvarado says:

          It’s also good thrown in a smoothie or protein shake – it has no taste when mixed with other ingredients! THis is my favorite way to get kale and spinach into my daughter!

          • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

            Amanda,
            Nod to this tip.
            I always try to get the maximum out of my smoothie, and kale is a perfect candidate!
            I also keep a Frozen kale in my freezer to throw it into the smoothie or a saute dish.

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    Vitamin C is A Strong Antioxidant to Fight Cancer Cells

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    Very high doses of vitamin C, especially through an IV, may slow the growth and spread of cancer cells. It can help chemotherapy and radiation work better. It may help you feel better and have fewer side effects, too. But it can also make treatments less effective. The FDA hasn’t approved vitamin C as a cancer treatment, so check with your doctor to see if this therapy makes sense for you.

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    Supplement or Not? Check with Your Doctor!

    Source webMD

    Adult men should get 90 milligrams every day. Women need 75 milligrams, but more when they’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Your body can’t make it. But most people who eat a variety of vegetables and fruits daily get more than enough vitamin C from their food.

    If you want to take a supplement, look for the inexpensive ascorbic acid form. Check with your doctor about how much is right for you.

    When you smoke, you’ll have lower levels of vitamin C in your body. It may be because you have more free radicals to get rid of. You should aim for an extra 35 milligrams every day to make up for it.

    People who are around smokers are also affected and should try to get more vitamin C, too.

    Too Little of Vitamin C

    Through the 1700s, sailors on long trips would die from scurvy because they had little or no vitamin C in their diet. It’s uncommon today, but people who don’t eat well or abuse alcohol or drugs might be low. Medical conditions, such as some cancers and kidney diseases, can also cause problems. Symptoms include being tired, swollen or bleeding gums, loose teeth, achy joints, thickened skin, bruises, and cuts that don’t heal right.

    Too Much of Vitamin C

    Your body can’t handle a lot of vitamin C, and you’ll pee out what it doesn’t use. More than 2,000 milligrams a day for adults can cause stomach trouble, belly cramps, and diarrhea. Big doses can also lead to kidney stones.

    When we get vitamin C through whole foods, it’s hard to overdose, though.

    • mary taylor says:

      I need to eat more to get it I think , because I take a multi vitamin now

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

        MARY,
        Multivitamins are OK with whole foods we eat!
        Just have a few strawberries or a grapefruit or red/green bell peppers.
        Also, all berries have a lot of vitamin C in them as well: blueberries, blackberries, currants of all colors!
        Just have something to rip the benefits of all phytonutrients and vitamins.
        Where vitamin C, there are more nutrients around it!

  11. My Doc always tells me to take a multi vitamin and I do–I also take fish oil-vitamin D3 and acidopholous and calcium supplement–I am 66 and my D3 is almost always not there–I dont take C because I eat a lot of fruit

    • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

      Marsha,
      It is simply AWESOME you are turning to whole foods like fresh fruit to get your daily supply of vitamin C.
      The variety of sources of foods improves chances that we are getting more of other nutrients.

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