Natural Sources of Vitamin C

photo-1437750769465-301382cdf094Many people are needlessly wasting money when purchasing vitamin C supplements. This is because their spending is inefficient. There are two reasons this happens. First, customers are not taking vitamin C with a carrier, which help molecules that allow certain nutrients to be absorbed into the body. The second reason is dietary. Vitamin C exists in a variety of foods.

“Carrying” Vitamin C

Many people take 1000% more vitamin C than they need every day. Even adult males need less than 100 mg, yet many adults take in excess of 1-2 grams. The reason is that vitamin C is water-soluble, and your body tends to attract fat-soluble molecules instead.

What your body needs is something that is either hydrophobic (a molecule that is both water and fat soluble) or a molecule that can carry the vitamin. Liposomes are circular molecules that store vitamin C, along with other water-soluble nutrients, and carry them through the digestive system. The outside of the liposomes’ shells are fat-soluble groups that are more easily digested by the body.

Liposomal vitamin C is the most cost-effective way to ingest the mineral. Without it, the money you spend on vitamin supplements goes right through your body.

Foods With Vitamin C

If you are looking for food-based alternatives for vitamin C, we have some suggestions!

  • Peas. These are a great source of vitamin C, as well as protein and iron.
  • Peppers. One cup of fresh peppers carries a whopping 130 mg of vitamin C, ~50 mg more than a cup of orange juice.
  • Potatoes. Fresh, unprocessed potatoes contain a high dose of vitamin C, as well as potassium, B6, and a lot of fiber.
  • Strawberries. A single serving of strawberries contains 113% of your daily vitamin C. Plus, they are easily added to dessert platters.
  • Smoothies. Papaya, pineapple, oranges, kiwi, and other fruits are also high in vitamin C. Consider blending them together for a delicious treat!

Sources:

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/vitCform.html

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3790897/

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=109

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