Saturday, 15 September 2012

Vitamin C - kick the supplements, go to market!

Vitamin C pills are a common staple of the family home and YET, their effectiveness is questionable as research shows that supplements are not absorbed nearly as effectively as vitamin C in food. My weapon of choice? Parsley. Seriously. I put it on everything. I even chop it up and use it as a base for side-salads! Thankfully, I have a neighbour with a crazy amount of continental parsley and she adopts me as a lawnmower or sorts.

Why Vitamin C?
  • maintains healthy body tissues
  • supports immune system
  • aids absorbtion of iron (a squeeze of lemon juice on your steak or downing an iron tablet with orange juice!)
Vitamin C foods
I admit, these are American guidelines, but the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C for adult men is 90mg and for women, 75mg. There is research suggesting supplements are not effectively absorbed, but with so many delicious ways to hit your RDA through diet, lose the expensive pills and add some of these to your daily meals:
continental parsley
  • parsley
  • red pepper
  • oranges
  • broccoli
  • strawberries
  • kiwi fruit

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