The vitamin C is probably the most important vitamin for the body as it boots the function of the immune system and thus making it able to fight off many diseases. The body cannot produce it and because of that we need to take it from various foods, or if that is not possible through the use of supplements. The RDI – recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men.
But, what if you can make your own vitamin C supplement?
If the body is short of vitamin C there is a higher risk of many diseases. There is an easy and simple way to prepare a homemade one hundred percent natural vitamin C supplement, and for that you will need only a citrus peel.
Why the use of citrus peel?
Citrus fruits are known for their flavonoid content which reveals antioxidant properties highly needed for the human body. One type of flavonoid is naringin which is found in lemon, grapefruit, and mandarin peels. This flavonoid is so powerful that can successfully lower the damage caused to cells by free radicals.
Another flavonoid present in citrus peels is hesperidin. This compound is found in the white inner layer of oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit. As per the findings of one study released in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, these flavonoids can hamper the development of cancerous cells.
Health Benefits of Vitamin C
Reduces the risk of stroke
As per a released study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, patients who had higher levels of vitamin C in their blood were at 42% lower risk of stroke when compared to the patients with the lowest levels of this vitamin. People who tend to take in more fruits and vegetables have higher concentrations of vitamin C in their blood.
Lowers high blood pressure
The main culprit of a heart disease is high blood pressure. Poor cardiovascular health can be terminal for many people.
As per the conducted analysis of 29 human studies by Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, USA, it was revealed that the intake of vitamin C can reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension.
In another study on animals at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, the intake of vitamin C supplement relaxes the blood vessels that are accountable for the transport of the blood from the heart, and in that way decreases the blood pressure.
Better iron absorption
Iron is a valuable nutrient involved in many bodily functions. Its presence is vital for the creation of red blood cells and carrying the oxygen throughout the body.
As per a 2010 Swiss study, the presence of vitamin C in the body will aid in conversion of low-absorbed iron like the iron from plant sources, into a form that is easier to absorb.This ability is very important for people who do not eat meat and their only source of iron comes from the consumption of plants.
According to another conducted study by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the intake of 100 mg of vitamin C can improve the iron absorption by 67 percent. So, the consumption of vitamin C can prevent anemia in people predisposed to iron shortage.
Protection of memory and reflection
As we grow older most of us will be affected by dementia, namely over 35 million people in the world struggle with this mental diseases. So, we need to do something in order to prevent this disease and lead more quality life as seniors. As per a released study in the British Medical Journal, low levels of vitamin C in the body have been related to an impaired ability to think and remember in older people.
The preparation of homemade vitamin C supplement
It is of vital importance to use solely organic citrus fruits, or if you are not sure about their origin wash the fruits with vinegar in order to eliminate all traces of pesticides.
Use the peels of the citrus fruits, then cut them into thin strips and place them on a baking sheet. Put them in the oven at 70 degrees in order to dehydrate them. For that purpose, they will need to stay in the oven for 5 to 7 hours till they turn dry and crisp. Once well dried, place the dry peels in a blender and blend till you obtain a powder form.
Transfer the powder in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge.
Use: Consume 1 tablespoon of this homemade vitamin C every day. You can easily include it into your meals.