We all know vitamin C is good for us, it’s drilled into us from an early age – “Eat your orange, you don’t want to get scurvy!” – but what exactly can vitamin C do for us? We all have those loose benefits sitting in the back of our mind but to get you on the fast-track to a mandarin obsession, I thought I’d write up a little list of all the fantastic things vitamin C can do for you.
Boosts collagen production & reduces brown spots. Vitamin C will hit the top of the popularity list for this benefit! Vitamin C is a factor in creating collagen molecules & has been found to increase the quality of collagen created in the body. This little vitamin also has the power to aid in skin’s ability to heal itself & anti-inflammatory properties – a serum infused with vitamin C should be your go-to for an red or brown spots & to help encourage an even-toned complexion.
Supports your immune system. A big vitamin C myth is that they will completely prevent the common cold. But the fact is most people don’t eat enough vitamin C, get sick & then try to fight it off with citrus. Vitamin C is critical to your immune function & studies have shown that vitamin C may reduce the severity but your best bet is to simply up your intake instead of playing catch up when you’re struck down with head cold from hell.
Helps weight loss. Inadequate vitamin C consumption has been linked to a higher BMI, body fat percentage & waist circumference while those who consume vitamin C on the reg have been found to have the opposite. A study from Arizona State University also discovered that there may be a link between vitamin C consumption & the body’s ability to use fat as fuel. Whilst eating oranges all day, every day won’t actively help you lose weight if you’re chowing down on chocolate & staying on the couch, a healthy diet incorporating lots of colourful, vitamin C-rich fruits & vegetables will only aid you if you want to lose weight.
Protects you from free radicals. Vitamin C is an antioxidant (winning!) & also defends you against free radicals. These free radicals are caused by oxidative stress such as sun damage. Whilst an orange a day won’t work as well as sunscreen, it will protect your skin from the underlying damage you can’t see – i.e. the damage that gives you wrinkles!
So, where to now? Well first of all, make sure you’re adding the below fruits & vegetables to your diet to make sure you’re ingesting vitamin C on the reg:
- 1 Papaya – 313% of your recommended daily intake (RDI)
- Capsicum, 1 cup raw – 195% RDI
- Broccoli, 1 cup raw – 135% RDI
- 1 Orange – 116% RDI
- Kale, 1 cup cooked – 88% RDI
- Cauliflower, 1 cup raw – 86% RDI
Are you getting enough vitamin C? Excuse me while I cook up some kale to go with my cauliflower, broccoli & capsicum salad!