Why You Need Vitamin C In Your Diet

It is the most commonly talked about vitamin but many people just think of vitamin C as something you stock up on when you’re feeling a bit under the weather and while it is true that it can have a beneficial effect on your immune system, it does much more than that as we’ll now discuss.

Without the right amount of vitamin C in your body you might find that your skin is not healthy as it might be. This is because a specific type of protein requires vitamin C in its production and it is this protein that forms part of the skin (along with other things such as tendons, blood vessels and ligaments).

Vitamin C also helps the body form scar tissue which is vital in protecting it from the outside elements and dirt and it also help prevent long term skin blemishes after scars subside.

Free radicals are something we are all trained to be wary of but once again vitamin C can come to our rescue as it is one of those antioxidants you are always hearing about which means it can help prevent the damage done by free radicals. Seeing as a build up of free radicals contributes largely to the aging process and some much worse things like cancer and heart disease, it is important that you have sufficient amounts of vitamin C and other antioxidants in your diet to counter their effect.

It is important to note that your body does not have the ability to synthesize vitamin C itself and it also does not store it anywhere. This means that you have to maintain your intake on a daily basis to get the full benefits.

To ensure that you are getting your full dose of vitamin C each and every day, you can include the following foods in your diet: citrus fruits and juices, kiwi, pineapple, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes and squashes. Obviously the list is much longer than this so click here to find a much more comprehensive list.

So while it may sound cliche, getting enough vitamin C is really one of the most important aspects of a healthy diet and lifestyle in general. Not doing so only puts more strain on your body and balance is key when it comes to leading a life in good physical and mental shape.

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