26 Oct 2015, 11:18 am
Focus on Vitamin C - Part 1 (Issue 60)
Lose that Tummy!
Most mammals can produce Vitamin C as they need it but the human system evolved without this ability so we must ensure an adequate intake to stay healthy.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin in most fruits and vegetables. As a water-soluble vitamin, it is not stored in the body and any excess is eliminated in the urine. That means you need Vitamin C daily. Remember that Vitamin C is easily destroyed by heat, cooking, processing and storage so “fresh is best”.
Vitamin C isn’t just for immunity - here is just one reason why you should eat an orange right now!
Vitamin C may improve fat loss (especially stomach fat) by approximately 30 percent!
The amount of Vitamin C in the blood stream is directly related to fat oxidation (the body's ability to use fat as a fuel source) during both exercise and at rest.
Adequate Vitamin C is therefore essential for proper fat metabolism. Without sufficient Vitamin C, your body is unable to use stored fat. This causes a buildup of fat, especially in the abdominal area. People with low Vitamin C levels tend to have more stomach fat despite overall weight loss.
However, Vitamin C depletion correlates with lower body fat, not weight loss during short-term diet. You won’t lose weight, even if you consume high amounts of Vitamin C, if your overall caloric intake is higher than the number of calories you burn throughout the day. But a deficiency may definitely hinder weight loss.
The recommended dietary allowance for Vitamin C is 90 milligrams daily for men and 75 milligrams per day for women.
More Vitamin C isn’t always better. Ingesting too much Vitamin C may affect the absorption of other nutrients -- and could cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and nausea. To avoid side effects and potential health risks, adults should aim to ingest no more than 2,000 milligrams of Vitamin C daily. Vitamin C-rich foods include red peppers, oranges and grapefruit.
The Vitamin C content of a fresh orange is about 53mg per 100 grams. That is about 70mg for an average sized orange. Keep in mind that you will also have to DAILY eat plenty of other fruits and veggies to cater for all the other vitamins that your body needs.
How many oranges can you eat before you start to feel a bit blue? It makes sense to take supplements. I recommend Manna-C from Mannatech. It contains naturally-sourced forms of vitamin C from wild bush plum and acerola (two fruits that are considered nature's richest sources of vitamin C) as well as an herbal blend with a plant source of vitamin C.
Next time we will look at other things that Vitamin C is good for.
Vitamin C rocks!