Vitamin C; It’s Not Just In Citrus

A Miracle Cure? Or Not Anymore?

Michael Patanella
Nov 16 · 4 min read

Here’s my go at a slightly different avenue when it comes to topics I cover. However, that can also be looked at in two different ways. Because this piece on vitamins is meant to inform readers on health benefits. I am a bit believer that almost anything health-related, is sure to have the potential to maintain or improve our mental health.

For many people, when the term vitamin C is thought of, the very first things that likely come to mind are things like oranges and orange juice. If not, then perhaps we may think of other citrus fruits, like lemons or grapefruits. When I decided to look further into this, it was quite an educational experience, as the journey took me into a rainbow-colored assortment of foods, and not just the usual oranges and yellows.

So, in general, what is vitamin C all about? What is its importance to us, and what ways should we guide our diets if we want to be assured that we are getting a daily abundance of all the vitamin C we need.

When I was on a “getting healthy” kick, I remember hearing a lot of advice as it relates to the colors of foods. I had been told that the more colorful a diet, the healthier it may be. And of course, when we consider it, there’s a lot of sense in that considering fruits and vegetables come in all kinds of various colors. It is certainly the case when really looking at those fruits and vegetables that are abundant in vitamin C.

Some of the more major foods that carry large vitamin C may surprise some. But it’s quite an enlightening lesson to know that those things include fruits like strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, and tomatoes. They are the go-to choices when seeking to up our C intake. It’s one lesson I’m just learning as well so it’s good to know.

Many more people may have heard of vegetable choices. Popular ones seem to usually be broccoli and cauliflower, however, our choices can spread out to be more flexible. Experts state that peas, peppers, and Brussel Sprouts, are well stocked in vitamin C. But the shocker is, the ever “evil,” carb-loaded potatoes are also carriers of significant levels of vitamin C. I know that rings true for regular potatoes, however sweet potatoes have even more. Either can put together up to 60, to 70% of an average person’s daily recommended requirement.

A majority of society has always hailed vitamin C as the number one weapon against minor illnesses, especially things like the common cold. Quite frankly, I cannot attest to that either way as I have never given it an organized attempt at analyzing how well C worked for me. I know that a common cold requires seven days to go away, and there is no known medication yet created to technically stop a cold short. However, I do believe that vitamin C can still have value for things like at least lightening some of the symptoms and side effects.

It is always a good idea to get and remain informed about our own particular diets to be sure we are eating in a well-balanced way. It’s my own opinion that if we are to be balanced and leveled out in our diets and getting a healthy intake of all the vitamins than I’m not too sure multivitamin pills are necessarily needed. It’s certainly a good point to present to doctors or dieticians for good confirmation.

It’s always key to remember that everyone is different, and many still believe they get value from taking extra vitamin supplements. By all means, if there’s a chance that we aren’t eating balanced enough, then I can’t be against taking vitamins in pill form. I’m just one to prefer attempting to get vitamin intake via the food we eat.

The older I get, the more I become able to see getting all the value I can, from as many healthy sources as possible. It’s never too late to get our health back on track and get that vitamin C from all the healthy foods that contain it.

Michael Patanella

is a Trenton, New Jersey Author, Publisher, Columnist, Editor, Advocate, and recovering addict, covering topics of mental health, addiction, sobriety, mindfulness, self-help, faith, spirituality, Smart Recovery, social advocacy, and countless other nonfiction topics. His articles, publications, memoirs, and stories are geared towards being a voice for the voiceless. Hoping to reach others out there still struggling.

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