Vitamin Series: Vitamin C!

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is abundant in vegetables and fruits. It is a water-soluble vitamin, which is rich in iron and powerful antioxidant. It helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, and skin. It also helps boost immunity, lower levels of lead in blood, promote weight loss, reduce stress and increase energy. Vitamin C can also be beneficial in reducing the appearance of varicose veins. It contains strong antioxidants, which ensure proper dialiation of the blood vessels.

Vitamin C is one of the best vitamins to help achieve firmer skin and a younger appearance. It protects from UV rays, helps wounds heal faster, and improves the texture of the face and skin. Vitamin C also helps hair grow faster and makes hair stronger while reducing dandruff.

It’s important to ensure that you are getting enough Vitamin C in your diet. Men are recommended to intake 90 mg per day, and it is recommended for women to intake 75 mg. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, joint and muscle aches, bleeding gums, leg rashes, and a weakened immune system. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious foods that contain Vitamin C. Guava, oranges, kiwi, grapefruit, and strawberries all contain Vitamin C. Peppers, kale, broccoli and Brussel sprouts are also great sounces of Vitamin C.

Try this delicious broccoli salad recipe, which will help you ‘C’ your way to better health!

Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

2 heads fresh broccoli

1 red onion

½ pound bacon

¾ cup raisins

¾ cup sliced almonds

1 cup mayonnaise

½ cup white sugar

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place bacon in a deep skillet and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Cool and crumble.
  2. Cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces and cut the onion into thin bite-size slices. Combine with the bacon, raisins, your favorite nuts and mix well.
  3. To prepare the dressing, mix the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into the salad, let chill and serve.

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