Back in the 1970’s, Dr.Linus Pauling popularized a theory that high doses of Vitamin C would significantly decrease the incidence of the common cold.
This theory spurred a widespread belief that consuming more vitamin C will reduce the risk of catching a cold and reduce its severity. While that theory has taken a beating in the past few years, no one can deny that Vitamin C is a nutritional superstar.
- Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen – an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone.
- Vitamin C also plays an important role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter – norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters are critical to brain function and are known to affect mood.
- In addition, vitamin C is required for the synthesis of carnitine, a small molecule that is essential for the transport of fat into cellular organelles called mitochondria, where the fat is converted to energy.
- Research also suggests that vitamin C is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol to bile acids, which may have implications for blood cholesterol levels and the incidence of gallstones.
- Vitamin C is also a highly effective antioxidant. Even in small amounts vitamin C can protect indispensable molecules in the body, such as proteins, lipids (fats), carbohydrates, and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), from damage by free radicals and reactive oxygen species that can be generated during normal metabolism as well as through exposure to toxins and pollutants (e.g., cigarette smoke).
- Vitamin C may also be able to regenerate other antioxidants such as vitamin E. One recent study of cigarette smokers found that vitamin C regenerated vitamin E from its oxidized form.
So…which are the best Vitamin C foods?
Most of us get our Vitamin C from a glass of OJ with our breakfast.
And while that glass of liquid sunshine is a great way to get the “C” into your body, it’s also a great way to get a whole bunch of sugar without all the fiber, vitamins & minerals that goes along with most solid-food sources of Vitamin C.
And for that reason, I am giving you 2 different lists of Best Vitamin C foods sources
The JUICE list….
- 1 cup of Orange juice – has 124 mg Vitamin C…over twice the daily recommended amount
- 1 cup of Pineapple and grapefruit juice drink has 115 mg Vitamin C
- 1 cup of Cranberry juice cocktail has 107 mg Vitamin C
- 1 cup of Grapefruit juice has 94 mg vitamin C
- 1 cup of Grape drink has 79 mg Vitamin C
- 1 cup of Vegetable juice cocktail has 67 mg Vitamin C
- 1 cup of Pineapple juice – 1 cup has 25 mg Vitamin C
- Mixed Fruit
- Brussels Sprouts
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