Vitamin C

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means people need it every day. This is because excess water-soluble vitamins are flushed out of the body. The body does not store vitamin C in reserves. One of the most common reasons people take vitamin C is that it supports the immune system, and nobody likes getting sick. Vitamin C also helps build collagen, a protein needed to construct muscle, bones, cartilage, and blood vessels.

Citrus fruits, tomatoes, honeydew melons, and many other fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin C. Many fortified cereals are excellent sources of this nutrient. Nutritionists recommend eating fruits and vegetables raw whenever possible. Cooking foods often depletes them of their natural nutritional value. When boiling veggies, people should use minimal water. When cooked in too much water, the nutrients seep out and become diluted.

Potatoes should be cooked with skins, where most vitamin C is located. Many cooks leave the skin on even when making mashed potatoes. They do so mainly for added taste and texture, but these dishes turns out to be healthier as well.

Vitamin C Usage in America

Studies show that most men eat and drink sufficient levels of vitamin C in their regular diets. However, during seasonal changes, many people like to increase their intake of vitamin C by taking supplements. Women, on average, consume slightly less vitamin C than men.

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