Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that our body doesn’t make or store, which is why we must obtain this little powerhouse, anti-ageing, antioxidant from our diet.
What does it do?
Not only does it support your adrenal glands, and help your body turn fat into energy (yey!), it also promotes collagen production, keeping us looking younger for longer (double yey!) As well as blocking the havoc those bad free radicals wreak within our bodies, it’s also great for lowering blood pressure and general heart health; wound healing; maintaining the health of bones and teeth; boosting immunity; improving vision; and assists with iron absorption.
Need any more reasons to feel good about this super vit?
Oh yes, it also plays an important part in brain health and the production of the ‘feel good hormone’ serotonin – which would explain why you can sometimes experience a sense of wellbeing when you peel an orange 🙂
What foods have the highest content of vitamin C?
Broccoli, tomato, papaya, kiwi, chilli, artichoke, Brussel sprouts (bleurgh), sweet potato, kale (and most dark green leafy veg), orange, lemon, lime, strawberry, grapefruit and pepper (capsicum).
How much should you consume?
You can’t really OD on vitamin C, as it’s water soluble and your body will just flush out what it doesn’t need, so knock yourself out with all those lovely healthy foods and if you’re supplementing, take your daily amount in little increments throughout the day, or an extended release supplement, which will ensure the levels in your system stay constant.
Best to leave 30 minutes in between consuming acidic fruits such as citrus before brushing your toothypegs, as it can weaken tooth enamel and accelerate acid erosion.  Your saliva will neutralise the acid 🙂