Brrr! July and August are arguably the coldest months here in New Zealand – and when you’re most likely to get that common cold or sniffle.
Enter Vitamin C. Many people will swear dosing up with vitamin C will stop you getting a cold. But does it really? Well no… and yes.
Research conducted by health.harvard.edu suggests that taking at least 200mg of vitamin C daily may reduce the duration of a cold by about a day. But unless you take massive amounts every day – like 800mg – it probably won’t stop you from getting one. However, eating foods that contain vitamin C will help boost you and your family’s immunity systems – and give you more energy.
Vitamin C also works as an antioxidant to protect our bodies from damage and helps our bones, tendons, ligaments and skin. It also helps our body better absorb other essential nutrients such as iron.
Vitamin C has also been linked to other health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, protecting against gout and reducing heart disease and dementia risk
So while it’s not going to cure the common cold, it does make sense when doctors tell you,’ Eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day for general health and you’ll get enough vitamin C.’ And that’s definitely a mantra we follow here at Freshkeeper!
Achieving the recommended dietary intake, between 75mg and 90mg, is as easy as eating a couple of citrus fruits every day.
In winter Mother Nature is pretty smart when it comes to making sure we have access to seasonal produce that’s loaded with vitamin C. Think oranges, kiwifruit, lemons…
Simply stock up and stick them – with your Freshkeeper sachet to keep them fresh, juicy and crisp – in your fruit bowl. Let’s look at the vitamin C levels in some of the most readily available winter season fruits.
Oranges: Yes, it’s the obvious one. But did you know that by eating just one medium-sized orange you’ll inject yourself with a whopping 70mcg of vitamin C? Wow.
Mandarins: Munch two of these babies for a healthy dose of 36mg of vitamin C.
Kiwifruit: Like the orange, our fuzzy friend delivers about 70mcg of vitamin C.
In fact, research reports vitamin-C rich kiwifruit may help lower oxidative stress,lower cholesterol and improve immunity. A study in 30 health people aged 20-51 found that eating 203 kiwifruit every day for 28 days reduced blood platelet stickiness by 18% and lowered triglycerides by 15%, which in turn can reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke.
Grapefruit: Loaded with 31mg of vitamin C, be sure to snaffle some off your neighbour’s tree! Just be careful though as grapefruit can have adverse effects on certain medications. More info about this here.
Lemons: Sucking lemons becomes more a-peeling (get it?) when you know this humble, hardworking fruit has 30mg of vitamin C! And of course, we know how soothing hot lemon, honey and ginger drinks are when you have a cold, right?
Persimmons: These deserve a mention.They’re so abundant in winter and here at Freshkeeper, we think they’re a bit underrated. Each persimmon contains a bit more vitamin C than a pear (7mg). And although not as rich in vitamin C as other fruits, they do make a great addition to fruit salads and are delicious cut into wedges and eaten as a crisp, healthy snack.
Try Baked persimmons for an interesting and delicious winter dessert.