Nutrient of the week… Vitamin C

Vitamin C was discovered years ago when sailors realised that if they ate citrus fruit they wouldn’t die from scurvy. Scurvy is when wounds and gums open and bleed, causing death, this was a common cause of loss of life for sailors in the 15-1700’s.

James Lind did an experiment where he gave some sailors two oranges and one lemon each day and other sailors cider, vinegar, which were also thought to be cures of scurvy. He proved that citrus fruits did cure scurvy; this is thought to be the first nutritional experiments in history, and what he had proved is that vitamin C is essential for our wellbeing and deficiency in it can have catastrophic effects!

So what does it actually do, well it is a really important antioxidant, and helpful in the constant battle our bodies have with free radicals. This battling with free radicles on our behalf is why vitamin C is credited with protecting us against colds. It makes us in better shape to fight against these invading infections and bacterias.

It is also important for radiant skin because it is an integral part of collagen production so eating all those brightly coloured fruits and veg will help you glow! Vitamin C is important for the veins and blood vessel walls as well as the collagen and collagen matrix which make the skin look plump!

You may not know this, but vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of carnitine, which is really important for the release of energy from fats in our cells, this also helps the body cope with the stress of physical activity and helps the adrenal glands survive what life throws at them!

All in all it is a very important vitamin and deserves its infamous place in the nutrient list! And here is where you get the most vitamin C from…. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, citrus fruits, strawberries, sweet potatoes, pineapples, raw cabbage, peppers, and papaya. These are best eaten raw as cooking and light can kill off vitamin content!

Supplementation is good when you are feeling depleted, and a blast of C is a good thing when you feel like you are coming down with a cold… It is also good to take before bed when you have had a few on a Friday night! As I always say try to get your vitamins and minerals from your diet!!!