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The Importance of Vitamin C

on March 22, 2012

With the weather slowly changing from the winter days to the sunny spring afternoons, the inconsistent temperatures often lead to the thing that all parents dread, the common cold.  This is one reason why making sure that you and your family are getting enough Vitamin C is important.  Vitamin C also contains collagen, which is essential in helping prevent bruises and healing wounds.  As a parent, we know that the spring calls for more bike rides, play dates, and playground visits which some times can result in falls so making sure they have their Vitamin C will make them heal faster.  It is also a vitamin that is essential to growth and development so it is extremely important for children.

Most fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin C, however oranges, red peppers, kiwi, strawberries, and broccoli offer the highest amounts of the vitamin.  What most of us do not know is that when we cook or boil our vegetables, they lose a lot of their nutrients.  To get the maximum nutrient value, raw fruits and veggies are better, however if you make sure to incorporate a variety of fruits and veggies into the meals you prepare for your family, you will be receiving enough Vitamin C.  1 cup of berries or orange juice provides the daily requirements of Vitamin C that we need each day, so it is very hard not to consume enough!

Ways To Add Vitamin C To Your Meals

-Make a fruit salad with strawberries, kiwi, oranges, and cantaloupe.

-Make your own fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning.

-Buy ready-to-eat veggies such as baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and throw them in a zip lock bag for the perfect lunchbox treat.

-Orange slices, pineapple chunks, and berries make the perfect afternoon snack for your little ones since they are easy for them to pick up.

-Sliced bell peppers and hummus is a Vitamin C packed snack.

Sources

http://vitamins.lovetoknow.com/Facts_on_Vitamin_C

http://www.livestrong.com/article/199350-vitamin-c-information-for-kids/

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One response to “The Importance of Vitamin C

  1. […] Vitamin C immune blend – we usually take this at times when exposure to illness has happened or illness is coming on. I also give it with iron if my son needs to periodically take iron for a low ferritin level we’ve been dealing with since age 1.  It’s naturally flavored and kids like that it’s a liquid.  I use Brain Child Nutritionals brand. […]

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