It may seem like the most abundant vitamin of all, but hundreds of thousands if not millions of Americans are actually Vitamin C deficient, compromising their immune system and putting them at risk for multiple health issues.
Mothers, and kids for that matter, often trust food labels claiming to offer 100% or sometimes much more of your daily value. This deceptive labeling leads them to believe that a single glass of a “fortified” food drink, even one that contains a ton of added sugar, is all they need, especially in addition to a few pieces of fruit throughout the day.
Recent research shows that couldn’t be further from the truth. Studies have shown that while the average intake of Vitamin C is well above what the United States’ recommended daily allowance (USRDA) on paper, many people get far too little of the vitally important nutrient to satisfy the body’s needs for good health.
Vitamin C is among the most important components of a potent immune system, especially considering all of the functions it allows the body to perform.
It’s essential for healing wounds, repairing and maintaining bones and teeth and helping the body make collagen, a key protein for creating blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and even new skin.
Human beings need large amounts of natural Vitamin C, and what makes that fact all the more interesting is that we are unable to create it in our bodies the way virtually all mammals do. We also have a hard time storing it, meaning it should be replenished throughout the day. One theory is that humans spent so much time in their early stages consuming fresh fruit and vegetables that are packed with Vitamin C, ones that grew all around them, that the evolutionary process began to see Vitamin C as something so abundant that the human body didn’t need to create it anymore.
That makes it important to get your Vitamin C from a high-quality natural source, but with so many processed and pasteurized foods out there on the market, it’s not always easy. Hi-C and artificially-“fortified” drinks and other junk simply won’t cut it, especially when it comes to our children’s health. Even organic pasteurized juices won’t get the job done as one naturopath I recently interviewed has discovered.
While Vitamin D has received a ton of attention recently for the important role in plays in overall health, the importance of Vitamin C speaks for itself, even though many seem to take it for granted, leading to deficiencies.
Vitamin C Benefits: Consider the Source
In addition to a far too low USRDA number, many people simply aren’t getting their Vitamin C from the right source. In fact, their supplements may be harming them.
The vast majority of lifeforce-deficient “commercial” Vitamin C is made from, well, the same substance just about every food or supplement seems to be made of in the U.S., corn.
Corn as in the cheap, starchy commodity crop that has been altered and genetically modified (into a GMO, or genetically modified organism) to the point where it often does more harm than good in our bodies.
According to the landmark book “The Hundred-Year Lie” by Randall Fitzgerald about the FDA’s failures to keep Americans healthy, 90 percent of all U.S. Vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid) comes from a single plant in Nutley, New Jersey, where the acid, aka “Vitamin C” is made from corn starch, corn sugar, and a variety of volatile acids used in a sped-up fermentation process.
This Vitamin C is not nearly as well-absorbed despite its fanciful, seemingly reassuring name, as it lacks many microscopic compounds and other “life force energy” for adequate absorption by the body.
Studies back up the viewpoint that natural supplements are much better, including works published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Royal Society of Chemistry in Great Britain, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Szent-Gyorgi won a Nobel Prize for his work with Vitamin C in 1937, and while he did discover how to isolate the vitamin, he fully recommended that people consume Vitamin C in its most natural and complete forms.
The following daily occurrences drain us of our Vitamin C reserves:
-Lack of sleep
-Stress, both physical and mental
-An overworked kidney
-Pesticide consumption in our food
-Excess body weight
-And much more
Our bodies demand a consistent supply of Vitamin C for optimal health, and some doctors have even had incredible success with intravenous Vitamin C treatments when used to combat serious diseases.
Getting Your Vitamin C from Camu Camu, Other Natural Sources
Vitamin C is also a water-soluble vitamin along with B-complex vitamins, meaning it’s not created or stored in the body and has to be replaced each day.
It is easily destroyed during food preparation and storage as well, meaning it’s important to get yours from raw, whole food sources.
The best sources of Vitamin C from everyday foods include bell peppers, oranges, strawberries, broccoli and more, as shown by this chart from ‘The World’s Healthiest Foods.’
But perhaps the best source of Vitamin C on the planet is the Camu Camu berry, which is native to South America, specifically the Amazon Rain Forest. Many naturopathic doctors and healers have used it in their practice, and some have even called it the most vitamin C rich food on Earth.
Camu Camu has 30 times the Vitamin C of oranges according to multiple sources, if not more depending on the quality of the soil it’s grown in, and provides a wide range of other benefits, many of which are just now being studied.
Camu Camu is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, strengthens the immune system, is widely regarded as a safe and effective mood booster than helps your body increase serotonin levels, and anti-viral among many other benefits it provides. It also delivers a full profile of naturally occurring minerals and amino acids, which commercially grown fruits in the United States and especially ascorbic acid don’t come close to providing.
If you’re still getting your Vitamin C from the widespread artificial version “ascorbic” acid, you could be putting yourself at risk for several health issues including decreased immune function, premature aging and others. For me personally, switching to natural sources like Camu Camu and other high quality Vitamin C fruits and vegetables has made a huge difference.
You can learn more about the health benefits of Camu Camu in the video below.
Where to Find Organic Camu Camu
While camu camu is one of the most potent healing superfoods in the world, it still is not commonly found in most grocery store and upscale gourmet food store supplement aisles.
Most health food stores carry camu camu powder from companies like Navitas Naturals, Sunfood and similar brands, but these tend to be a little chalkier and less nutrient dense than the top quality brands.
I personally used to get mine from the now-defunct Amazon Herb company, which sourced its camu direct from small farm operations in the Amazon Rainforest.
Since the Amazon Herb Company is no longer operating (it was bought by Trivita years ago), the best and most potent camu camu I’ve tried comes from the Standard Enzyme Company, which you can get from its website or from naturopaths, or from E3 Live, which often includes its camu camu in brain-boosting blue green algae formulas like this one.
The company’s camu camu is unique because it is wild harvested from Peruvian rainforests and is not irradiated or fumigated. You can learn more about it by clicking here.
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