Learn English Lesson #5 (Read + Speak + Study Questions)
Vitamin C from fruit better than vitamin pills Many people are concerned that they do not receive enough vitamin C in their diets. This concern is nothing new: Millions of people died during the middle ages due to scurvy. Simply chewing on pine needles caused scurvy symptoms to disappear within days. Many people opt for multivitamins because the label suggests that one capsule provides 100% of daily nutrient requirements. Of course this fallacy is not true. The absorption rate of the vitamins and minerals is very low for artificial nutrients. It is very difficult for the body to process calcium carbonate into useable calcium just as it is more difficult to process chemically produced ascorbic acid into useable vitamin C. The best source of vitamin C is from fruits and vegetables. Oranges, grapefruits, peppers, cabbage and cherries are just some of the many wonderful natural sources of vitamin C. The highest fruit source of vitamin C comes from so-called guava cherry (West Indian acerola cherry) while the highest plant source comes from spruce tree needles. What are the best sources for Vitamin C? From fruits and vegetables as well as from plants such as spruce and pine needles. Why is ascorbic acid not as good as fruit? Ascorbic acid is more difficult to process into vitamin C as compared to fruit. What cures scurvy? Vitamin C cures scurvy. As well, historically, people would chew pine and spruce needles as a cure.