Friday, April 04, 2008

April 4

Today in 1932, Vitamin C is first isolated by C.G. King at the University of Pittsburgh. Can you imagine 76 years ago, no one would tell you to drink a glass of orange juice when you had a cold?

Vitamin C is responsible for repairing our body tissue. It helps our bodies absorb iron as well as create Vitamin E.

Humans are the only mammals who do not produce Vitamin C on their own and therefore we have to get it from our diet alone. Foods high in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons and limes; other fruits like cantaloupe, kiwi, papaya and mango; carrots; dark greens such as broccoli, collard greens, kale; strawberries; sweet potatoes; sweet red peppers; and tomatoes.

So ward off scurvy and enjoy a fruit salad with melon, kiwi and mango or add some carrots, sweet red peppers and tomatoes to your salad.

1 comment:

Corinne said...

It's good to know I don't need to make fruit smoothies to help my cats get their daily dose of Vitamin C! And thanks for the scurvy reference!