Vitamin C is known as the “Master Vitamin” because it is essential to overall bodily processes.

You need vitamin C to guard against skin infections and wrinkles, to regulate cholesterol in the bloodstream, to help utilize iron, to form collagen, to strengthen capillaries, and to protect against disease.  It is a powerful antioxidant with 29 immune-enhancing properties. 

Are you deficient?  Here are some possible signs:  general rundown condition, bruising, bleeding gums, aching bones, joints, and muscles, lower back pain, sterility, weak adrenal glands, kidney stones, shortness of breath, apathy, delayed wound healing, tendency to form plaque and/or tartar on teeth, liver spots, cellulite, hemorrhoids, dryness of mouth, nosebleeds, and coming down often with colds. 

Vitamin C is destroyed by fluoride, cooking, pasteurization, synthetic chemicals (food dyes, artificial flavors, etc.), cortisone, aspirin, birth control pills, pain medications, cigarette smoke, alcohol, fluorescent light, coffee, refined sugar, bleached flour, MSG, environmental toxins, inorganic iron, etc.  Is it a wonder we are deficient?

Top food and herb sources of vitamin C include:  nearly all fresh, natural foods (early harvesting, chemicals, and fluorescent lights all reduce the amount of this nutrient), tomatoes, cabbage (especially red), broccoli, strawberries (organic is best, because they are one of the most absorbant of toxic chemicals), red and green sweet peppers, parsley, acerola fruit, capcaisin (found in hot peppers), rose hips, aloe vera, papaya, yellow dock, red raspberry, barley grass, guavas, Brussels sprouts, dark green leafy vegetables, chili powder, collard greens, dried coriander leaf, grapefruit, kale, kiwi, lemon/lime juice, mustard greens, oranges, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip and beet greens, and watercress.

Recommended Nature’s Sunshine products:  Rose Hips Capsules (vitamin C and bioflavonoids), Capsicum Liquid or Capsules (contain capcaisin–good for circulation and as metabolism booster), Vitamin C Ascorbates (powder that contains C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, acerola, and bioflavonoids), Vitamin C Chewable, Vitamin C with Citrus Bioflavonoids, and Vitamin C Time-Release, Solstic Revive Energy & Fitness electrolyte drink, Barley Grass Capsules (more vitamin C than several oranges), Aloe Vera (anti-inflammatory, helps reduce the side effects of chemotherapy).  Learn more about these products at

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Lisa Hernandez, Certified Natural Health Practitioner

This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease, and does not take the place of any medical care that you may need.