Vitamin C is an antioxidant that many of us associate with curing the common cold. While it may not be the common cold cure we all hope for, it does help protect us from cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease, and it is beneficial to our eye health and boosts our immune system. Vitamin C may also alleviate symptoms of depression -- it plays a role in how our body synthesizes the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, a brain chemical that affects our mood.
Because vitamin C isn't manufactured by or stored in the body, it's important to increase your vitamin C intake by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet including citrus fruits, strawberries, melons, pineapple, berries, bell peppers, tomatoes and dark leafy greens or by taking supplements.
Did You Know?
Health professionals recommend we eat 500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C every day, but only an estimated 10 to 20 percent of adults get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables (that's nine servings, for those keeping count). One cup of orange juice provides 97 mg of vitamin C.