You’ve probably heard you should take vitamin C when you get a cold, but do you know why? The benefits of vitamin C extend beyond helping you beat a cold.
When you start to notice the first signs of a cold, your immediate instinct may be to reach for vitamin C, and probably in the form of a glass of orange juice. This act has been ingrained into our store of well-being knowledge, but vitamin C has even more benefits than immune system support… And there are better sources of it than oranges. Read on to find out more!
Vitamin C 101
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, helps your body form blood vessels, muscle tissue and collagen. It can also assist your body in healing. Since we cannot produce vitamin C naturally, we get it from our diets by consuming leafy greens, fruits and vegetables. You can can also take a vitamin C supplement like our Beauty Boost Capsules to boost, or maintain, your vitamin C levels. The daily recommended amount of vitamin C is about 75 milligrams for women, and 90 for men.
Most people reach for it when they have a cold, however the jury’s still out on whether vitamin C can actually help prevent or treat the common cold. But it can’t hurt, right?
Sources of Vitamin C
Oranges have dominated the vitamin C game, but surprisingly, there are many natural sources with higher levels. One cup of guava comes in on top with a whopping 376 mg of vitamin C, more than four times the daily recommended dose and more than three times the 98 mg found in oranges. If guavas are not available at your local grocery store, 1 cup of peaches is another high source, with 235 mg of vitamin C. Other great fruit sources are strawberries, kiwifruit and oranges.
Not a big fruit person? There are plenty of vegetable sources of vitamin C. Bell peppers are a great source, with yellow peppers containing the highest amount of vitamin C. Snack on 1 cup of yellow peppers to get 278 mg of vitamin c. Mustard greens are another great source, containing 195 mg. You can also find significant amounts in broccoli and brussels sprouts.
Vitamin C and Collagen
You’ll often hear it’s necessary to combine vitamin C with collagen to get the full benefits of your collagen supplement. This is partially true, given that vitamin C is a nutrient that can help boost your body’s natural production of collagen. However, consuming vitamin C at the same time you take your supplement is not necessary to get the full benefits of collagen.
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