During coinciding back to school and cold and flu seasons, parents often search for natural remedies to prevent and treat illnesses. When kids are surrounded by other children in small contained classrooms, germs spread and the perpetual runny nose ensues. Add that to cooler weather and rain in many parts of the country, and you end up with both parents and children calling in sick to school and work.
What are the Health Benefits of Vitamin C?
One natural remedy that has stood the test of time is Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid. It is a natural antioxidant that has been shown to improve immune system function, meaning it helps your body fight to keep you and your loved ones healthy. It has been found to have four main health benefits in preventing and possibly treating:
- Common cold
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cataracts and age-related macular degeneration
Vitamin C also plays a role in collagen production, maintaining bone and teeth health and the ability to heal wounds.
What Are the Sources of Vitamin C?
Our bodies do not create this vitamin naturally, so we must get it through food and supplements. Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables, such as:
- Oranges & orange juice
- Red and green bell peppers
- Grapefruit & grapefruit juice
- Brussel sprouts
- Green Peas
Vitamin C can also be consumed as a dietary supplement, either as ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, and ascorbic acid with bioflavonoids. Furthermore, Vitamin C is added to certain foods we eat, such as juices and fruit drinks, cereal, candy and frozen fruit.
Bioavailability of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that its beneficial properties can be destroyed by heat and storage. Therefore, we cannot absorb all the Vitamin C a certain type of food can contain at its peak. In fact, “approximately 70%–90% of vitamin C is absorbed at moderate intakes of 30–180 mg/day. However, at doses above 1 g/day, absorption falls to less than 50% and absorbed, unmetabolized ascorbic acid is excreted in the urine,” explains the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Increasing the Absorbability of Vitamin C
The simple process of food preparation can destroy the healthy properties of Vitamin C, and the remaining portion can simply be excreted through our urine. If this is the case, how do we increase our body’s ability to absorb this vitamin?
Keep it Raw
Instead of making soups or heating cooking the produce, eat your fruits and vegetables raw to preserve the levels of Vitamin C. If possible, grow your own oranges, tomatoes and grapefruit or purchase them locally to make sure they are fresh and the nutrients haven’t been depleted.
Use Willard Water®
Our signature product, Willard Water®, is specifically designed to help our bodies absorb vitamins and nutrients. Our formula is FDA-approved, made with all natural ingredients, and is very affordable! Adding a small amount to your water, juice or beverage can provide a host of health benefits, such as increasing the effectiveness of vitamins, especially water-solubles, such as Vitamin C. As well, this proven product increases the effectiveness of antioxidants, as confirmed by a recent study by NIS Laboratories.
To keep your family and yourself healthy, it is important to eat the right foods and add Willard Water® to your daily regimen. Either start your day off with a cup of delicious orange juice with a small amount of our patented formula, or add some to your kids’ water bottles so they can stay hydrated throughout the day.