The best food sources of vitamin C include all citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons and tangerines), strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peppers, and cantaloupe. Vitamin C is a “fragile” vitamin and can be easily destroyed by cooking or exposure to oxygen.
Vitamin C is a cofactor or helper in the metabolism of some amino acids and hormones. It is a co-factor in the synthesis of collagen and helps support newly forming collagen. Some of Vitamin C’s benefits appear to be due to its antioxidant properties. Vitamin C also plays a role in maintaining healthy connective tissues, including collagen.
Vitamin C is necessary for humans as humans are incapable of producing vitamin C in their bodies. Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant properties. Since it is water-soluble, vitamin C is flushed from the body each day. As humans may not always eat foods containing an adequate amount of vitamin C, taking a supplement can help in supplementing the diet.
Beta Carotene (Vitamin A Precursor)
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is part of a family of compounds including retinol, retinal and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is also known as pro-vitamin A because it can be converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to maintain healthy eyes.
Foods rich in potassium include fresh vegetables and fruits, such as bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, avocado, raw spinach, cabbage, and celery. Potassium is an essential mineral that helps to keep fluid balance. It also plays a role in a wide variety of biochemical and physiological processes. It supports nerve and muscles health.