We're still in the middle of the cold and flu season and we're all looking for ways to stay healthy. But what's interesting is that two of our best defenses comes from the grocery or health food store. And what's even more remarkable is that the sources for these can come out of our gardens.
Let's start with vitamin C. Some of the best and most obvious natural sources of vitamin C are members of the citrus family, like grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Of course, there are also plenty of other sources. I thought it was interesting when I recently learned that a cup of chopped red peppers has more vitamin C in it than a cup of orange juice. And if you're looking for vitamin C in your garden, you only have to go as far as your rose bush, because the fruit of the rose, the rose hip, is loaded with it.
So you may be wondering, what's the big deal about this vitamin' Well, it's been said, that unless our white blood cells are saturated with vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, they are like soldiers without bullets. You see, you kind of have to look at our immune system and white blood cells as on the front line of defense against all those cold and flu viruses, so it just makes good sense to give them all the ammunition they need.
Studies have indicated that the body can benefit from a lot more vitamin C than previously thought. The reason for this is that vitamin C is water soluble, it doesn't stay in the system long once it's absorbed. In fact, many people, depending on their age and weight, will take as much as three thousand milligrams per day. Let's face it, you'd have to eat a lot of oranges to come up to that amount per day, but taking tablets like these makes it a lot easier.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardenssm
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