On April 4, we celebrate Vitamin C Day. Vitamin C as found in fruits and vegetables has been around as long or longer than humankind has. However, no one realized the health benefits of it until the nineteenth century. People had known about scurvy for thousands of years. Even Hippocrates the great Greek physician had written about it. Until the nineteenth century, it was one of the real dangers of a long sea voyage. However, in the late eighteen hundreds, Sir Thomas Barlow found the correlation between vitamin C and the prevention of the dread disease.
According to Dr. Weil’s Website, “Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, aid in the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. Research indicates that vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer). Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold, help delay or prevent cataracts, and support healthy immune function.”
You can find vitamin C in citrus fruits, of course, but also in other things such as apples, asparagus, berries, broccoli, cabbage, melon, cauliflower, kiwi, fortified breads, grains, and cereal, dark leafy greens, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes. Personally, I am a great believer in vitamin C. I used to get bronchitis every January, until I began taking vitamin C supplements years ago. I haven’t had it since.
As with most things, you need to be careful you don’t overdue. Vitamin C can also interact with other drugs, such as Coumadin, so it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before upping the dosage of any vitamin.
Quotes about vitamins
It’s so important to take vitamins. People always get ill on tour because of the close proximity in the bus with everyone.–Ellie Goulding
The excitement of vitamins, nutrition and metabolism permeated the environment.–Paul D. Boyer
All those vitamins aren’t to keep death at bay, they’re to keep deterioration at bay.–Jeanne Moreau
Millions of Americans take vitamins safely every day, including me. Vitamins and mineral supplements taken in recommended doses are safe. It’s the designer supplements that are worrisome.–Dick Durbin
I have no truck with lettuce, cabbage, and similar chlorophyll. Any dietitian will tell you that a running foot of apple strudel contains four times the vitamins of a bushel of beans.–S. J. Perelman
Take your vitamins. Exercise. Just work to love yourself as much as you can – not more than the people around you but not so much less.–Sharon Olds
When you start organizing a person’s vitamins in the morning because you love them. “Hey, don’t forget to take your vitamin C.” That’s love.–Matthew Moy
No matter how many vitamins you take, how much Pilates, you’ll lose your keys, your hair and your memory.–Ellen Bass
There is absolutely no nutrient, no protein, no vitamin, no mineral that can’t be obtained from plant-based foods.–Michael Klaper
Some guy invented Vitamin A out of a carrot. I’ll bet he can’t invent a good meal out of one.–Will Rogers
If a potato can produce vitamin C, why can’t we? Within the animal kingdom only humans and guinea pigs are unable to synthesize vitamin C in their own bodies. Why us and guinea pigs? No point asking. Nobody knows.–Bill Bryson
Drink lots of water, get lots of sleep, and take vitamin C!–Georgia May Jagger
If taking vitamins doesn’t keep you healthy enough, try more laughter: The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.–Nicolas Chamfort
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