If there’s one thing a big city can guarantee it’s that you will never go hungry! And it’s a good thing seeing as a spur of the moment decision to pack my bags and head to the big city was a warranted opportunity to leave something behind in a tangle of clothes (when Canada turns from winter to summer in a matter of days, there’s no telling what you’ll need) and notebooks and supplements. What was left behind was one of my favourites in my holistic traveling arsenal to combat late nights and big city air pollution; vitamin C! So what was a small town girl in a big city to do?
As I quickly learned, whatever was lost was sure to be found within a block from your best friend’s apartment in downtown Toronto. We dashed out to the infamous Lablaws in the old hockey arena for a juicy vitamin C boost. In truth, I was more geared toward the fresh squeezed orange juice for the simple fact that it is without a doubt, my favourite drink of all time since being spoiled with it in Cuba. As it turns out, having forgotten my vitamin C supplements at home, it became my early morning prescription for wellness served up with a wine glass and the sunrise on the balcony. A deliciously stunning morning followed up by yoga and, you guessed it, more oranges!
- Beautifies by boosting collagen production for healthy hair, skin and nails
- Supports detoxification
- Reduces the risk of depression and anxiety by nourishing the adrenal glands and for its necessary role in making neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain) such as serotonin which regulates mood and appetite among many other functions
- Effective Immune booster
- Powerful anti-inflammatory and can help to reduce allergic reactions
- Protects against cancer
- Boosts cellular repair
- Protection against free radicals – a must when in industrialized cities, from the high level of air pollution
- bleeding, red and swollen gums
- Easy to bruise
- Increased infections
- Slow healing of wounds
- Poor stress management
- Whole food sources contain a wide range of components that interact to boost vitamin C absorption. It is why the highest levels of flavonoids also happen to be present in foods with the highest vitamin C content. All of these factors simply cannot be replicated to such an intricate degree in a supplement.
- Orange juice, for example, contains most of its vitamin C in the juicy orange-colored sections, whereas many of the flavonoids are found in the white-colored flesh which is one of the reasons that it can be helpful to consume the “pulp” with your fresh pressed juice.
- Just don’t be fooled by carton juices. You might as well chew on the carton itself for the nutritional content if you ask me. Stick to fresh, pure, unpasteurized, organic orange juice, with the pulp, for a little added fibre and nutrition 🙂
- Whole food sources quickly lose their vitamin C concentration. It will, in fact, begin to decline as soon as it’s picked and must be stored properly to avoid further loss. Cooking will also destroy this unstable vitamin. Supplements offer convenience and a more concentrated dose.
Top Plant Powered Food Sources Of Vitamin C
(In order of highest concentrations according to WHF)
The Morning Boost: Do you drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning? Great! This is a fantastic boost of vitamin C as long as your lemons are stored properly to maintain their potency. You can also add slices to your water bottle to consume throughout the day.
Though home with my supplements, raw, juicy foods high in vitamin C are staples in my daily diet and for my next trip, vitamin C will be first in my bag. Until next time Toronto!
In a Sea of C,