All About Vitamin C
One good thing about Vitamin C is that it is the only vitamin which taste good even while in the form of supplements. Even the sources of it are easy to procure and good to eat.
Sources of Vitamin C
Fresh vegetables and fruits are full of Vitamin C which is also known as ascorbic acid. All citrus fruits like lemon, lime, oranges, and grapefruit have this in huge quantities.
Guavas, kiwis and amla (Indian gooseberry, the richest source of Vitamin C) are also huge sources of the vitamin. When it comes to vegetables the biggest sources are capsicums, bell peppers, tomatoes and Brussels sprouts.
Who Needs Vitamin C?
Vitamin C can not be retained in the body for long so daily intake becomes necessary. Everyone needs Vitamin C and its deficiency can cause diseases like scurvy. Some may also have to take extra Vitamin C in the form of supplements in case he or she has any of the following health problems:
- Hair and skin Problems
- High Cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Bleeding Infections and cold
- Heart problems
Important Facts On Vitamin C
- Vitamin C reduces risk of cancer.
- Some mammals produce their own Vitamin C unlike human beings.
- Smokers as well as women on contraceptive pills need more of it.
- Vitamin C helps us to absorb iron.
- Over consumption of this vitamin may cause a deficiency of Vitamin B12.
Vitamin C is lost from vegetables when it is cooked for a fairly long time. So, it is suggested that in order to keep them intact put them at the end of the cooking process. One can sprinkle some lemon juice in food after cooking, of course. If nothing is feasible enough have lots of citrus fruit juices.