?Back to School – keeping those kiddos healthy!
Vitamin C is often associated with being something you take when you have a cold. It’s true that it is a powerhouse of a nutrient and here are some benefits:
1️⃣Vitamin C has been detected in the cells of the immune system. Vit C helps build up the cellular functions of both the innate and the adaptive immune systems. The innate is the first line of defense against infections and the adaptive is much more complex that fights specifics infections, learns the behavior of invaders, and remembers them! (1)
2️⃣ Vit C also helps with the production of white blood cells (lymphocytes and phagocytes). Did you know these white blood cells help protect the body against infections? (2)
3️⃣Vit C is a strong antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defenses. Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They do so by protecting cells from harmful molecules called free radicals.
Studies show that consuming more vitamin C can increase your blood antioxidant levels by up to 30%. This helps the body’s natural defenses fight inflammation (3)
. ?When my kids start getting sick, I supplement with Vit C plus offer lots of foods full of vit C. Look beyond oranges for the vit C. There are lots of foods that offer a great amount of vit C:
Sauerkraut (150 mg/4 oz serving)
Chili peppers (107 mg/ 1/2cup)
Red/green bell peppers (190/120 mg/cup)
Broccoli (132 mg/cup)
Guava (126 mg/1 med)
Papaya (88 mg/cup)
Strawberries (84 mg/cup)
Kale (80 mg/cup)
Pineapple (137 mg/cup)
Lemon (83 mg/ 1 peeled lemon)
Brussels sprouts (74 mg/cup)
Kiwi (71 mg/1 fruit)
Thyme (45 mg/ounce)
And oranges? 70 mg/1 med orange (4,5)
???And why are these my favorite supplements? I love that the both the Truvani and the Garden of Life vitamin C come from the Amla berry which has over 600 to 1800mg of natural asorbic acid in it. These also have no extra fillers like gmo corn, sugar, or soy. No soy lecithin or soybean oil. No artificial sweeteners. No artificial dyes. No caramel color. And no synthetic preservatives.
Have you ever checked out the ingredients in your vit c in your pantry?