Proper and balanced nutrition greatly affects our body and plays a key role in ensuring good health. Vitamin C is an element that should be included in our daily diet plan, not only because it is said to help prevent and treat the “common” cold, but also because it has proven antioxidant activity against free radicals. It also aids in wound healing and absorption of iron from the body while it is necessary in the synthesis of collagen.
Most of us have connected vitamin C with oranges, but these are not the only or greatest source of intake. There are several alternatives that can cover all tastes and needs. Some of the best known are:
- Red and green pepper, parsley
- Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
- Goji berry, papaya, strawberry
- Kiwi, orange, lemon
- Melon, grapefruit, raspberry
- Mandarin, mango, pineapple
- Spinach, tomato
It is important to know that cooked food contain less quantity than raw foods because heat destroys vitamin C to a large extent and, for the needs of the human body, the best source is basically plant-based food.
The recommended daily intake of vitamin C varies from person to person and depends on the specific characteristics and needs of each organism. For any change in our diet, it is important to ask for advice from our doctor or nutrition specialists.