Vitamin C is an antioxidant. A study in 2006 by McGregor and Biesalski showed that increasing the plasma Vitamin C level may have positive effects helping with oxidative stress. Oxidative stress contributes to heart disease, diabetes, and inflammatory disorders. Vitamin C is an electron donor for eight separate enzymes. Enzymes help control bodily functions. Vitamin C helps maintain blood vessels and cartilage. Most Vitamin C is made by isolating ascorbic acid. The best Vitamin C comes from food and plant sources where it is in its whole un-isolated form. Rosehips is one of the best plant sources to get Vitamin C from.
Food sources with Vitamin C: Apple, Apricot, Asparagus, Avocado, Banana, Barberry, Beans, Berries, Blackcurrants, Blueberry, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Chervil, Chilies, Citrus fruits, Cranberry, Cucumber, Dates, Eggplant, Elderberries, Fig, Garlic, Globe Artichoke, Horseradish, Kiwifruit, Mango, Mustard greens, Nectarine, Onions, Passionfruit, Pawpaw, Peach, Pear, Peas, Persimmon, Pineapple, Plantain, Potato, Pumpkin, Quince, Radish, Rhubarb, Rockmelon, Spinach, Strawberry, Tomato, Turnip greens, Watercress, Zucchini
Herbal sources with Vitamin C: Amla, Alfalfa, Basil, Beetroot, Burdock, Carrot, Chervil, Capsicum, Catnip, Cayenne, Chickweed, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Cramp Bark, Dandelion, Echinacea, Elderberries, Eyebright, Fennel seeds, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger, Goldenseal, Green Tea, Hawthorn Berries, Hibiscus flowers, Hops, Horehound, Horsetail, Juniper berries, Kelp, Lobelia, Mullein, Nettles, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Peppermint, Raspberry leaves, Red Clover, Rosehip, Rosemary, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Sheep Sorrel, Shepherd’s Purse, Skullcap, Slippery Elm, Tarragon, Thyme, Vervain, Violet leaves, Yarrow, Yellow Dock, Yerba Mate
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Natural Vitamin C – This vitamin is readily available in citrus, red bell peppers, berries, rose hips, and many more fruits and vegetables. In nature it is combined with flavonoids and phytonutrients that help in absorption.
Synthetic Vitamin C (What you are getting in any supplement that labels it as Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid) – Ascorbic acid is an isolated vitamin usually made from genetically modified corn sugar that is hydrogenated and processed with acetone.
I spent 5 weeks in a clinic in Pennsylvania. During that time one of my roommates, Paula, was so sensitive to chemicals or perfumes that she would have to put on a huge gas mask thing on her face if someone just had a tiny scent in their shampoo. I asked her what made her this way. She told me that nobody ever told her that you could overdose on Vitamin C. She thought it was good for you, so she was taking it in large doses and ended up in really bad shape.
Have you ever heard of anybody overdosing on Oranges? I haven’t. But, since the Vitamin C she was taking was an isolated vitamin it was very possible to overdose on it. Just one more reason that I prefer to get my Vitamin C from a natural source and if I need a bit more, then the next best thing is a good wholefood supplement.