The vitamin I want to bring to your attention is vitamin C. Most people only think about needing vitamin C when they have a cold. Vitamin C is so much more than just a common cold fighter; it is a powerhouse. It is a powerful antioxidant that aids in more than you ever knew. I take a vitamin C supplement daily and it is something you might want to consider too.
Here's what you should know about vitamin C. It is water soluble which means that your body doesn’t store or produce it. Therefore, have to get it from your diet or a supplement. Any vitamin C that is not used or needed will be excreted in your urine. So why should you be taking it daily?
Here are some of the many benefits of what vitamin C can do for the body:
- Aids in growth and repair of tissues
- Helps with fertility
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces stress
- Helps repair wounds
- Helps with moods
- Boosts immunity
- Helps diabetes
- Combats free radicals in the body
- Fights dandruff
- Enhances hair growth
- Helps your body absorb iron
- Lowers risk of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease and cancer
So what's the best way to get vitamin C? Should it be from your diet or a supplement? With many vitamins and minerals, it is always best to get them directly from your diet first. Sometimes we can’t get everything we need from our diets and we miss the mark. If that is the case, you need to add a supplement to your daily routine.
Listed below are some great dietary sources of vitamin C:
- Bell Peppers
- Dark leafy greens
- Brussel sprouts
Vitamin C is beneficial for anyone but it is especially helpful for women with PCOS. A recent study conducted found that individuals with insulin resistance, prediabetes. or diabetes tend to have lower levels of vitamin C in their blood. As a result, they concluded that vitamin C supplementation should be encouraged to prevent complications and to support overall health. They suggest vitamin C doses over 200 mg per day to see results with reducing glucose concentrations.