Vitamin C was discovered at the time where ships were crossing the oceans, showing how essential it was to discover the substance that could prevent scurvy that plagued the crews.
Because foods rich in vitamin C are perishable, there were not part of the sailor’s diet, which created problems in the joints, inflammation of the gums, hemorrhages, and lowered the body’s immune defense.
Until in 1927, vitamin C was isolated in its pure form, and from there, it’s benefits were known.
What are the benefits of Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is essential to many “production lines” in our body, for example:
- Production of serotonin, adrenaline, and dopamine that regulates mood;
- Production of cortisol and histamine that responds in case of stress;
- Production of collagen, a protein that gives firmness to the skin;
- Production of white blood cells, the body’s immune system response;
- In addition to those mentioned above, it also acts as an antioxidant that promotes the neutralization of free radicals to protect the body against oxidative stress.
Knowing all of this, we realize the need to ingest vitamin C.
However, we do not necessarily have to do that through supplements; we can reinforce the daily doses of this vitamin through our nutrition.
But which foods are rich in vitamin C?
Leafy greens and vegetables: watercress, arugula, peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, eggplant, beets, broccoli, carrots, peas, spinach, cauliflower, cucumber, and parsley.
Fruit: plum, orange, pineapple, kiwi, apple, lemon, pear, strawberries, watermelon, passion fruit, tangerines, grapes, cashews, avocado, and melon.
With winter right on our doorstep, it is very important that we prevent and reinforce our body’s defenses.
See you soon.