Since Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, our body doesn’t store it for later use. Therefore, we need a dose of vitamin C every day. How much is up to some debate. But not for me. I’m convinced optimal amounts of this ultra important vitamin are needed to keep our bodies functioning at their peak.
On Monday I discussed some of the important roles Vitamin C plays in the body. They’re all important, but the role Vitamin C plays as an antioxidant is crucial. It is the primary worker protecting the crucial components inside our body’s cells from damage caused by environmental toxins. That includes our DNA and our cell’s (and therefore our body’s) power houses.
Having optimal amounts of Vitamin C is crucial to ensure our cells replicate properly and feed our body energy. Vitamin C is also the main free radical scavenger in our blood. In short, Vitamin C is badass.
How Much Every Day?
Well, we need 10mg every day to prevent scurvy. That’s pretty easy to get, so we’re good there.
The recommend daily amount is 60mg per day. Some estimates say 25% of adults don’t meet this requirement. Um, not good.
I recommend the optimal amount of vitamin C, which is around 1000mg*. This is the amount that completely saturates the blood. Taking in minimum of 200mg per day of Vitamin C regularly will also likely lead to blood saturation.
How to Get Vitamin C
You’re likely familiar with the notion that citrus fruits (oranges, limes, etc) contain lots of Vitamin C. But vegetables like brocoli, green peppers, and brussel sprouts have the most Vitamin C. Meats and grains have virtually no Vitamin C.
If you eat your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day you’ll easily surpass the recommend daily allowance of 60mg. However, you likely still won’t take in the optimal amount I espouse.
Further, I think eating 10 servings of fruits and vegetables is quite difficult to achieve. For me, at least. Which is why I highly recommend taking a supplement. Like always, taking as supplement doesn’t get you out of a healthy diet. Eating right comes first. But in the case of the badass Vitamin C, it is utterly necessary.
Have a Happy Fourth of July! No post on Monday. I’ll be running the Peachtree Road Race for the fifth time and celebrating our Independence Day with friends. Enjoy!
*The optimal daily amount of Vitamin C is not agreed upon. Many people smarter than me may say I’m dead wrong. They’re entitled. I’m sticking to my recommendation. I can take name calling.