Today is National Vitamin C Day, a day that has been created so that we can appreciate and learn about the different ways in which vitamin C benefits our health.
Vitamin C is found in a number of different foods, and is also being sold as a dietary supplement.
According to Dr Amani A. Alrasheedi, Associated Professor in Nutrition and Food Science at the King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia, Vitamin C was discovered back in 1912. In 1928 it was isolated and in 1933 it became the first vitamin to be produced chemically.
Vitamin C is widely recognised for fighting colds and flu. However, there are plenty of other benefits that are associated with this powerful vitamin. You could reduce your blood pressure by upping your vitamin C intake.
It is also beneficial in helping to keep your skin healthy. This is because it protects it from the oxidative damage that is caused as a result of daily exposure to pollution, heat, and light.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, if you aren’t a fan of consuming pills, there are plenty of natural ways to add some more vitamin C to your diet. Citrus fruits, kiwi’s, pineapples and various berries contain vitamin C. There are also a number of vegetables that are rich in vitamin C, including cauliflower and broccoli.
Compiled by Jeretha Oosthuizen