Vitamin C: A Must Have

 Cold & Flu Season, Time To Boost Your  Immune System

Cold and flu season are in full swing. Although it is unclear exactly how beneficial it is to ward off nasty viruses, vitamin C-rich orange juice is a great start in keeping you healthy.  It’s not hard to reach your daily quota in terms of vitamin C requirements as long as you eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. So what’s the best source of vitamin C?  From highest to lowest they are as follows:

Vitamin C| Fruit


          Red bell peppers

          Broccoli

          Kiwi frui

          Oranges

There may be other latent benefits to getting a good daily dose of vitamin C – however the scientific research is ongoing. Concurrent vitamin C may aid in the absorption of iron dietary. There is evidence that it may reduce the risk of cartilage loss and disease progression such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It has been suggested that low levels of vitamin C may increase the risk of developing asthma.

It seems the most popular belief is that vitamin C prevents the onset of the common cold, or that it actually shortens the duration of a cold. So far, significant benefits have not been observed. However, in subsets of studies of people living in extreme climates or under extraordinary conditions, studies show vitamin C may reduce their risk of developing colds by approximately 50%.  Personally, I think it’s worth a try!

Excerpts taken from mayoclinic.com/health/vitamins