Vitamin C, Essential for the Skin!

I am sure all of you have been told to drink orange juice for vitamin C to get better from a cold. Well Vitamin C is important for your skin, not just your immunity!

Vitamin C helps the body make collagen. As I posted about a month ago, collagen keeps your skin wrinkle-free, firm and beautiful!

When a person doesn’t have any vitamin C in their diet for a long time, they can develop scurvy. When I hear scurvy, I always think of pirates. Pirates and sailors developed scurvy because fruits and vegetables would spoil on long voyages; they eventually realized this and would suck on lemons and limes to prevent the skin disease. Scurvy causes thin skin because of little collagen, easy wounds, tender gums, and much more. As little as 10 mg of vitamin C can prevent scurvy.

It is recommended that you consume at least 15-120 mg/day based on your age and gender.

So where do you get vitamin C from:

Fruits,Vegetables and Organ meats

1 cup of peppers has 283 mg of vitamin C, what a great source! I love dipping raw red peppers into hummus for a healthy and quick snack.

Broccoli, citrus fruits, strawberries and grapefruits are also great sources of vitamin C.

I obtained this information from: Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process by L. Kathleen Mahan, Silvia Escott-Stump and Janice L. Raymond

For more information about scurvy and pirates click here



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