Vitamin C not just for colds

You’ve probably heard before that you should eat more oranges or other citrus fruits when you have a cold, because of their high content of Vitamin C.

But Vitamin C has so many more benefits.

It’s important for many functions in the body: growing and repairing tissue, strengthening your immune system and your bones and teeth, healing wounds, improving your skin, and it may also prevent cancer by blocking the damage made by free radicals.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps the healing process for many diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It also helps prevent and fight infections and helps you with your sugar cravings too.

Many studies have shown the benefits of Vitamin C for maximal health.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is 60mg to 120mg. The Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Linus Pauling, however, was the first to recognize the benefits of much higher doses more than 30 years ago. Many more studies since have shown that high doses of Vitamin C can be used to cure many diseases.

Why didn’t we hear about this before? This is a tricky question. Unfortunately vitamin therapy is not acceptable for many health practitioners.

Which foods are rich sources of Vitamin C? You can try citrus fruits, papaya, raw cabbage, green peppers, broccoli, pineapple, green leafy vegetables and cantaloupe melon.

I personally take 2000mg of Vitamin C every day. With this dose I feel my energy increases and I didn’t get sick for a very long time. Now I am not saying that you just take vitamins and never get sick — of course you also need the correct diet with lots of real and fresh food, and you need to take care of yourself mentally and physically. Even if you have any health problems, you may heal quicker than before.

I recently watched a new documentary called “Megavitamin Man.” If you watch it you will be amazed at how you can heal yourself just by changing your diet and taking the correct amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Education gives us knowledge, and this gives us freedom in our choices. Like Dr. Andrew Saul says, “Doctor yourself first.”

“Keeping our body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”


Ayda Ersoy is a nutrition and fitness director at The Diet Doc Hawaii. She can be reached at, or (808) 276-6892


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