Lately vitamin C is a big part of the conversation. Did you know that vitamin C and zinc can help to support a normal functioning immune system? So, of course we want to know…. Are we getting enough? Where can we find it? And what’s the best way to take it?
The first thing we need to know about vitamin C is that it’s a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it dissolves in water and does not get stored within the body. So, when you ingest it, it makes its way to your tissues by way of body fluids, and anything left over gets flushed out with your urine.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient to support general good health. Yet despite all these responsibilities, our bodies do not produce it. The only way we can get vitamin C is by eating foods that are rich with it or taking it in a supplement form.
A recommended daily dose is approximately 75mg for women and 90mg for men, though some research indicates more is better. Getting too much vitamin C can cause tummy troubles like nausea or diarrhea, but the risk of getting too much is actually quite low. If this is the case, simply cut back on your amounts.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an excellent way to consume vitamin C, and the options are plentiful. Citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach are great ways to get you started. But if you find some days it’s a challenge to work produce into your meal plan, go for an oral supplement.