Daily Dose: Vitamin C

Find out why your body needs vitamin C and how you can get enough in your diet!

Vitamin C plays a key role in several body systems, but was historically best known for causing scurvy. Fortunately, those days are long gone, but getting vitamin C in your diet is still important and very easy as long as you get plenty of variety.

Why does my body need vitamin C?

Vitamin C is used by a number of enzymes in the body to carry out needed reactions. In particular, vitamin C plays a key role in making collagen, which is then used for structural support throughout the body. It’s also used in proteins needed for making and storing energy in the body and for making certain hormones. Vitamin C has also been found in high amounts in certain immune cells, but it’s unclear exactly what role vitamin C is playing in these cells.

What foods contain vitamin C?

Citrus fruits are best known for their high levels of vitamin C, but many other fruits and vegetables can get you your daily dose, sometimes at even higher levels than citrus. Bell peppers are very high in vitamin C, with the amount increasing as they go from green to red. Other vegetable sources include Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, kale and potatoes. Aside from citrus fruits, kiwis, papayas, strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe and passion fruit also contain large amounts of vitamin C.

What happens when I don’t get enough vitamin C?

Because collagen synthesis depends on vitamin C, deficiency leads to a breakdown of many of the tissues that use collagen. That includes easy bleeding and bruising as blood vessel walls weaken, joint and skin problems, and poor wound healing. Taken together, these are the main symptoms of scurvy.

Who’s most at risk of deficiency?

Vitamin C deficiency is very rare in the U.S. and most people get more than enough in their daily diet. Deficiency is sometimes seen in malnourished individuals living in poverty who many not have access to fruits or vegetables. Any diet that regularly includes fruits and vegetables should provide enough vitamin C.

7 Essential Items to Have for a Pandemic Date, According to a Relationship Expert

Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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