Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tropical fruits and vegetables have the highest vitamin C amounts

Excerpts from an article in All about family and health

Vitamin C helps the body in over 300 functions. It is vitamin C that

  • Helps protect against heart disease, cancer and other serious illnesses.
  • Plays an important part in healing the body by helping to form collagen.
  • Keeps your organs in place.
  • Acts as an antioxidant for the body
  • Helps other vitamins and minerals to be absorbed better like folic acid and iron.

No wonder C is the most widely known vitamin of the vitamin family.

The more of this vitamin that the body has, the better the body can defend against colds and other common ailments. C may not prevent you from catching a virus but it does speed up your recovery.

There is vitamin C in almost every fruit and vegetable but some have far higher C content than others. In fact, tropical fruits have the highest vitamin C amounts of all fruit.

Hot peppers are amongst the richest sources of the vitamin C when it comes to vegetables. The hotter the pepper, the higher its vitamin C content is.

Unfortunately, the vitamin C is water soluble so many vegetables lose their effectiveness as a vitamin C provider if they are boiled for a long time. Steaming or quick stir frying vegetables ensures that more of their vitamin C content is retained.

The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is easily obtained from eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day if they are consumed raw or cooked quickly.

There is no danger of having too much vitamin C