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Vitamin C & Diabetes

The Functions of Vitamin C:

Vitamin C is generally know as helping to support the immune system, it also has many other functions in the body, such in the production of the protein collagen, which is the ‘glue’ that our body needs for all our connective tissues, cartilage, tendons etc. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant, as it helps the body fight free radicals which left unchecked damage our healthy cells. It is also part of the manufacturing of certain hormones and the transfer of substances in the nerves, as well as the utilization of other nutritional substances. Vitamin C can not be stored in the body, however as it is water soluble it is very easily absorbed, so eating a balanced diet should provide our body with a healthy daily intake.

Consequences of a Deficiency:

For diabetics, vitamin C, is often a vitamin that is lacking as insulin is necessary to transport it to the body’s cell. This can have an impact on general health, sometimes resulting in bruising easily, bleeding gums and poor wound healing.

The Remedies:

However, this can very easily be remedied through some simple nutritional changes such as

– Steaming or stir vegetables when cooking, retains their nutrients (when boiling vegetables, most nutrients end up in the water – remember vitamin C is water soluble ?).

– We often think of citrus fruits as having high levels of vitamin C, but there are also many vegetables as well, including dark green leafy vegetables such, spinach, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, green peas, kale, tomatoes, turnips and avocados.

– When eating raw vegetables not only are their nutrients completely maintained but enzymes are as well. These are necessary for good digestion and help fight against chronic diseases.

By increasing your daily intake of the above-mentioned vegetables, will improve and boots your immune system. Salads are a great way of increasing your intake, they are simple and easy to make. I will be posting one tomorrow.

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