Why Vitamin C is Your Best Friend for Winter

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Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is an essential micronutrient for all humans. Sadly, it doesn’t occur naturally in our bodies, nor can we produce it. The daily recommended intake of Vitamin C for adults is about 45mg and although it can be taken in supplement form, you should be able to get a sufficient amount by eating a balanced diet.

Sources of Vitamin C

Oranges and orange juice are no doubt the most well-known sources of Vitamin C. It is actually a common misconception that citrus fruits are the best source, because almost all brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are rich in Vitamin C. From Kiwi fruit, berries and tomatoes, to capsicum, broccoli, spinach and the list goes on.

Strengthen Your Immune System

Want to boost your immunity? Vit C is the answer! Vitamin C plays a crucial role in immune function. It promotes the production of white blood cells which help protect the body against infections and strengthens your skins defence system which can shorten wound healing time. Vitamin C builds up your immune system so your body can ward off those nasty winter bugs. If you unfortunately do happen to catch a cold, or worse the flu, having adequate Vitamin C levels will help reduce the severity and duration of your symptoms.

Improves Iron Absorption

Iron is another essential nutrient that has a wide range of functions in the body. It is vital for producing red blood cells and pumping oxygen around the body. Vitamin C assists the body to absorb non-heme iron (the type found in plant-based foods) by converting it into a form that is easier to absorb.

Neutralise Free Radicals

As a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C helps to heal wounds and keep tissues healthy. It protects our body’s cells from damage by neutralising harmful free radicals, chemicals and pollutants which we are exposed to on a day-to-day basis.

Tropical Brazil is your go-to destination for Acai, but we also stock a range of other fantastic products which are packed full of Vitamin C. You might not be aware but the cherry-like fruit, acerola is one of the world’s top dietary sources of Vitamin C.

Check out our acerola frozen fruit pulp, which is also available in an acerola and orange combo. Acerola pulp is the perfect fruit to incorporate into your diet to ensure you body is getting enough Vitamin C.