Today is February 10th
The topic or question of the day is:
Vitamin C: Antioxidant #2
Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is great for fighting infections, aids in wound healing (produces collagen), helps your body absorb iron and folic acid, and keeps your gums healthy. Because vitamin C is water soluble, it attacks the free radicals found in bodily fluids. Vitamin C is not stored in the body, so you should eat ‘real foods’ containing vitamin C daily. Foods fortified in vitamin C are not the same as foods that contain vitamin C and it is best to get vitamin C from your fruits and vegetables. Those especially high in vitamin C are citrus fruits, red peppers, green peppers, papaya and broccoli.
Too much vitamin C can be dangerous even though it is water- soluble. Excess amounts can cause diarrhea and kidney stones. The upper limit for adults is 2000 mg per day. ½ cup of red bell pepper = 140 mg, a medium baked potato = 20 mg, and ¼ c 100% orange juice = 75 mg. As you can see, it is not too difficult to get your recommended daily intake of vitamin C (75-120 mg daily).
Tip or quote of the day:
Vitamin C helps iron be more readily absorbed. If you need to boost your iron, try eating lean beef with red peppers, potatoes and oranges.
Take Action Today:
- Roast red peppers in your oven by slicing in strips, drizzling with olive oil and cooking them in your oven on 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
- Eat red peppers raw
- Fresh squeeze ½ cup orange juice
- Eat 3-4 little cuties