How to avoid spring avitaminosis. Vitamin C
Spring is a wonderful time of flower blossom, bright sun and blue sky. But suddenly – lethargy, malaise and weakness. We look in the mirror – dry skin, dark circles under the eyes and wrinkles. All this points to a lack of vitamins, and especially vitamin C!
Many vital processes in the body are connected with this vitamin. So, if you suffer from peeling skin, bleeding gums, inflammation of the mucous membranes, insomnia, irritability, increased fatigue and visual impairment, not to mention that everything goes wrong, and life is not such a pleasant experience – you have a deficiency of vitamin C.
What do we need to know about vitamin C? The recommended daily dose of vitamin C is 70-100 milligrams. However, these figures are considered to be approximate (depending on age and lifestyle). So we found it out. What should we do? Do not rush to the nearest pharmacy for synthetic “sources” of vitamin C! For a start, let us consider the options containing natural ascorbic acid. Natural products containing essential vitamin will not bring harm if you eat them in unlimited quantities. Synthetic drugs can not boast of such a property, so – be careful.
berries – rose hips, cranberries, lingonberries, black currants, blueberries, sea buckthorn, viburnum, strawberries;
vegetables – bell peppers, cabbage, onion, garlic, green beans, tomatoes;
fruit – citrus fruits, kiwi, pineapples, apples, pomegranates.
It is important to remember that during heat treatment a significant portion of the compound of vitamin C is destroyed, and thus we need to use all of these products in their raw form – fresh, frozen or dried, whole or in the form of salads and drinks.
Fruit slicing and vegetable salads – this matter is clear. Let’s talk about the drinks. There are lots of recipes for fruit drinks – the question is not limited to freshly squeezed juice.
1. Tea with fruits and berries. Choose fruits according to your taste and grind them. Berries can be frozen or fresh, you need to crush them and mix with fruit, add them to the prepared warm tea or just boiled water. Add a teaspoon of honey.
2. Berry drink. Everything is simple here. Pour berries with water and bring to a boil under the lid. Then, add citrus and infuse the drink for a few hours.
3. Decoction of rose hips. Take dried rose hips, chop them up and pour hot water. Boil the rose hips on a water bath for 15 minutes and leave to infuse. All this can be done in a thermos.
4. Hibiscus tea. For preparation of hot brew, take 1-2 teaspoons of Hibiscus petals, pour 1 cup of hot water and infuse for 4-5 minutes. Cold brew: 1 tablespoon of Hibiscus petals, pour 1 cup of water of room temperature, infuse for an hour.
Note: these tips are unsuitable if you suffer from gastritis, ulcers and other gastrointestinal diseases. In this case, heat treatment is recommended.
Another couple of tips
To take the maximum from the product contained the needed vitamin, during cooking, use enameled or ceramic dishes. The point is that vitamin C is destroyed by contact with metal.
Cook meals with the lid closed, in a steamer or multi cooker (non metallic).
If you buy frozen berries choose the shock freezing. Ascorbic acid is retained almost completely in this case.