NUTRITION WHY’S #31: WHY VITAMIN C ? You need vitamin C, because like guinea pigs, and primates – humans don’t make vitamin C while many other animals including mice and rats do make vitamin C.

NUTRITION WHY’S #31: WHY VITAMIN C ? You need vitamin C, because like guinea pigs, and primates – humans don’t make vitamin C while many other animals including mice and rats do make vitamin C. Humans have the genes to make vitamin C but they are silenced since there was so much vitamin C in the plant-based diet ancient mankind ate. Vitamin C is needed to make collagen for wound healing and British sailors in the 1700’s who had no fruit at sea would develop black gums, skin wounds that would not heal and ultimately would go crazy and die from vitamin C deficiency called Scurvy. Vitamin C is water soluble like the B vitamins so you have to take it every day. The body stores 1.5 grams and loses 3% or 45 mg per day. The minimum to prevent scurvy is 20 mg but the Recommended Dietary Allowance has increased from 45 mg in 1985 to 90 to 120 mg today as scientists have recognized the important immune and antioxidant benefits of vitamin C. The blood levels of vitamin C increase up to a dose of 500 mg and the level off. I recommend 250 mg from fruits vegetables and supplements. While people think of fortified orange juice (which has 240 Calories per 8 ounce glass), there are many lower calorie fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C including red peppers, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, and grapefruit. So eat 7 servings a day of Colorful Fruits and Vegetables to get vitamin C, fiber, and many vitamins, minerals, and Phytonutrients! Remember your Protein-Rich Shake (which has some vitamin C) and a Healthy Active Lifestyle along with Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables, multivitamins and supplements every day to give your body what it needs every day!! #drdavidheber #vitaminc #fruits #vegetables #immunity #skin to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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