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Vitamin C Benefits and Kaufmann Diet Food Sources

Vitamin C Sources
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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a crucial role in various physiological processes within the human body. Unlike some animals, humans cannot synthesize vitamin C; this means, you have to get it from your diet. 

Antioxidant Properties

One of the primary functions of vitamin C is its role as a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are compounds that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules produced during normal bodily processes and in response to environmental factors such as pollution and radiation. By neutralizing these free radicals, vitamin C helps prevent oxidative stress, a process implicated in the development of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancers.

Collagen Synthesis 

Vitamin C is also essential for the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein that provides strength and integrity to various tissues in the body, including the skin, blood vessels, and bones. Collagen is crucial for wound healing, as it helps in the formation of scar tissue and the repair of damaged skin. Vitamin C’s role in collagen synthesis contributes to the maintenance of healthy skin and promotes the healing of cuts, bruises, and other injuries.

Immune Support 

Beyond its antioxidant and collagen-forming properties, vitamin C supports the immune system by enhancing the function of white blood cells, which are vital components of the body’s defense against infections. It helps stimulate the production of interferons, proteins that play a key role in the immune response by inhibiting the replication of viruses. As a result, adequate vitamin C intake is associated with a reduced risk and severity of infections.

Iron Absorption

Furthermore, this vitamin facilitates the absorption of non-heme iron (the iron found in plant-based foods) from the digestive tract. By improving iron absorption, vitamin C helps prevent iron deficiency anemia, a common nutritional disorder characterized by fatigue, weakness, and pale skin.

Cardiovascular Benefits

The health benefits of vitamin C extend to its potential role in reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Epidemiological studies have suggested that a higher intake of vitamin C is associated with a lower risk of conditions such as cardiovascular disease. Its antioxidant properties may help protect the cardiovascular system by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, a process that contributes to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.

Most people know that this vitamin is abundant in fruits like oranges or even juice. While this is true, you are asked to avoid some of these fruits while you are on The Kaufmann Diet, particularly in the beginning stages. This is because fruits like oranges contain high amounts of fructose––fruit sugar––that could potentially feed an underlying fungal infection. The entire Kaufmann Diet is geared towards limiting amounts of sugar and simple carbohydrates with the goal of starving pathogenic fungi from the body, which might be contributing to health problems. 

However, even without these certain fruits, it is more than possible to get plenty of vitamin C in your diet. Good source of Vitamin C on the Kaufmann Diet include: 

  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli 
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chili Peppers
  • Kale
  • Spinach 
  • Lemons
  • Cauliflower 

Include these foods liberally in your diet, and you should have no trouble getting an abundance of vitamin C. 


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