Oranges: More Than Just Vitamin C

Cutting carbohydrates and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet has been something that Vancouver physician, Dr. Ali Ghahary, has reiterated in many of his articles. This is because fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that are necessary to keep our bodies healthy.

When we hear about Vitamin C, we often associate it with citrus fruits, such as oranges. Vitamin C is responsible for the regeneration and repair of tissues, preventing heart disease, reducing high blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer, and can even help the way your immune system functions by lessening the duration and symptoms of the common cold. In addition, eating oranges can also prevent cataracts, as well as help maintain your skin, hair, bones and teeth.

Vitamin C Benefits

Without Vitamin C, you are at a much higher risk of developing some or all of the aforementioned health problems. If you are not getting enough Vitamin C, you may be deficient and notice symptoms like fatigue as well as muscle and joint aches. A lack of Vitamin C can also cause dental issues, such as bleeding gums. The body does not manufacture Vitamin C on its’ own, so it’s important to include as much Vitamin C in your diet as possible. If you prefer, you can also take a Vitamin C supplement. These can be found at your local pharmacy.

Sources of Vitamin CAside from supplements and oranges, some other great sources of Vitamin C also include apples, berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, lemons and limes, kiwi, kale, spinach, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes.

The recommended dose of Vitamin C is dependent on age. Always check with your physician or pharmacist to ensure that you are getting enough (and not getting too much!) Vitamin C.

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