Friday, February 19, 2016

Erase a decade off your face, dodge cancer and conquer inflammation with these vitamin C-rich foods

(Natural News) With the cold and flu season in full swing, fortification with vitamin C is one of the most effective and potent methods for dodging illness. And yet, this well-known nutrient is often overlooked as an outstanding anti-aging, cancer-destroying, disease-busting and mood-boosting addition to the diet. To encourage health throughout the winter and beyond, consuming foods which naturally supply high levels of vitamin C is a smart move.

Glow with health

Exceptional sources of vitamin C include hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.), which is enjoyed as a tart tea, and rosehips (Rosa canina), which lends a floral flavor to infusions. And then there are two fruits that contain the highest levels of vitamin C documented - amla and camu camu. Amla is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and "reported to possess radiomodulatory, chemomodulatory, chemopreventive effects, free radical scavenging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic and immunomodulatory activities," notes a study at Muller Medical College in Kankanady, India.

Equally impressive, if not more so, is camu camu. Jonathan Benson reports in "Eleven amazing facts and health benefits of camu camu,"

"According to multiple sources, camu camu contains up to 56 times more vitamin C than a lemon, 60 times more vitamin C than an orange and 200 times more vitamin C than a banana on an ounce-by-ounce basis." Camu camu is also anti-inflammatory, improves cognitive function and mood, fosters eye health, increases muscle tone and promotes healthy tendons, ligaments and collagen. Moreover, the berry substantially boosts immunity, which in turn, reduces bacterial and viral infections.

Likewise, have a look at the following list from the Global Healing Center which offers further examples of vitamin C-rich foods:

Acerola cherry
Broccoli
Citrus
Black currant
Guava
Brussels sprouts
Melons
Cauliflower
Tomatoes
Strawberries
Red and yellow bell peppers
Herbs (cilantro, chives, thyme, basil and parsley)
Leafy greens (especially kale, mustard greens, watercress, chard and spinach)

For highest nutritional benefit, always consume organically grown produce and only cook lightly to retain delicate nutrients. Better yet, enjoy fruits and vegetables raw. For herbal teas, try a cold-infusion.

Nobel laureate enthusiastically endorsed vitamin C

If you need further incentive to consume edibles abundant in vitamin C, one of the foremost scientists of our time heartily recommended vitamin C for health. Dr. Pauling, a chemist and winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry (1954) and for peace (1962), became intrigued with the role that vitamin C played in the prevention and treatment of disease. Through years of extensive research and study, Dr. Pauling "became convinced of ascorbate's [vitamin C] value in combating the flu, cancer, cardiovascular disease, infections, and degenerate problems in the aging process," states the Linus Pauling Institute. Learn more about Dr. Pauling's work with vitamin C here.

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