Vitamin C in winter: how to prevent flu and colds

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Vitamin C in winter is essential to prevent flu and colds. But in the winter months, according to experts, we would hire less. This is because in winter the consumption of foods that contain it decreases. So let's not forget to bring to the table those foods that contain the most.



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Vitamin C in winter is essential to prevent flu and colds. But in the winter months, according to experts, we would hire less. This is because in winter the consumption of foods that contain it decreases. So let's not forget to bring those to the table foods that contain more.

A reveal data on vitamin C intake is a study conducted by Grana Padano Consortium on a group consisting of 7600 people over the age of 18, split between men (38,8%) and women (61,2%). In winter, the consumption of fruit rich in vitamin C increases, first of all citrus fruits, as the survey reveals.

The discourse on vegetables is different. The study explains that in winter fewer vegetables rich in vitamin C are consumed, such as tomatoes, kale, broccoli, leafy greens, and legumes. In winter, the decline in consumption of fresh tomatoes can be understandable, given that these vegetables are no longer in season, but we may be consuming more cabbage, cauliflower and typically winter vegetables.

Research reveals that winter vitamin C intake through diet remains in line with requirements of a healthy individual, and is equal to 143 mg for women e 146 mg for men. In the opinion of experts, however, this quantity may not be sufficient to prevent flu and cold and to respect the real needs of the body.

Vitamin C, in fact, is easily perishable e very sensitive to light. Therefore experts advise to drink the juices immediately and freshly prepared juices, as well as eating fruit just after peeling it and vegetables shortly after peeling it. In addition, they suggest storing fruit and vegetables indoors and not exposed to direct light.



It is also good to remember that much of the vitamin C is lost during the cooking. So the main recommendation for filling up on this vitamin is to eat raw fruits and vegetables and in drinking freshly squeezed juices and juices, prepared at home-

One last piece of advice concerns the smokers. Who smokes, with one cigarette, remove 20 mg area of Vitamin C present in the body. Therefore smokers should eat more fruits and vegetables that are rich in them to meet their daily needs. According to the data collected, those who smoke would introduce less vitamin C into their diet than those who do not smoke.

Vitamin C, according to one recent study, strengthens our immune system and it's very useful per prevent ailments typical of winter. Halves the duration of cold symptoms and helps us heal faster. In autumn and winter, therefore, green light for all citrus fruits, juices, kiwis, grapes, lemon juice, but also lettuce, cabbage and cauliflower and all seasonal fruits and vegetables richer in vitamin C.



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