Having an optimal intake of vitamin C is important for our cardiovascular health. It is perhaps the most important of all vitamins that is not produced by our body. We all know that a healthy amount vegetables and fruits (especially oranges) will give us a good amount of vitamin C. The only problem is that many people do not add enough to their diet. And, if they do, the produce is sprayed with toxins and chemicals that can be detrimental to our health. Organic is an ideal choice, but much of the soil in today’s agriculture has been stripped of vitamins from intensive farming methods and deregulation. What is a person to do to find a safe and effective source?
Supplements have been on the market for several years to solve this dilemma. But, most of the vitamin C nutrition in a supplement is usually isolated. This means that it is manufactured in a synthetic form called ascorbic acid. While some may argue that this is sufficient, ascorbic acid has been found to irritate a sensitive stomach, as well as limit the full absorption of vitamin C. The best choice I have found are whole food sources.
Whole food supplements are a natural source that the body can assimilate. Nature gives vitamin C its power and effectiveness. It intelligently provides other organic components that help deliver all the nutrients as well. Therefore, nothing is wasted! Whole foods include other phytonutrients that an isolated supplement lacks. It is definitely an effective and economical choice.
The highest source of naturally-occurring vitamin C in the world is Camu Camu. This is a berry growing in the floodplains of the Amazon Rainforest. It is a strong antioxidant that prevents the aging of cells. Camu Camu provides thirty times more vitamin C than an orange; as well as iron, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and essential amino acids. It is really power-packed! Not only is it ideal for cardiovascular health, but studies show it works wonders for emotional well-being and anti-aging.
So if you really want to receive a full intake of vitamin C that you know is safe and potent, choose a whole food source growing sustainably, or in the wild. Avoid ingesting any pesticides that could endanger your health. Science is a valuable part of our development, yet it is important to balance with nature and choose things that are in harmony with our bodies and the earth.