My Sister the Nutritionist: Vitamin C

November 23, 2014

When it comes to maintaining the health of your skin, vitamin C plays a critical role. Also known as ascorbic acid, this vitamin is essential for the growth and repair of tissues all over the body! Its healing properties contribute to clearer skin and a brighter complexion. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which combats free radicals that can cause skin dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

As you probably already know-dietary sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits and vegetables like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, spinach and many more.

What you might not know- vitamin C enhances the absorption of non-heme iron, the kind from plant-based sources. Iron is often a nutrient of concern for the vegan diet so it is beneficial to combine iron-rich plant foods with a source of vitamin C.  

With this in mind, be sure to spice up your black beans with a fresh tomato salsa or add some fresh berries to your spinach salad for dinner. And don’t forget to reap the benefits topically, my choice: the traces of lemon peel in MMT’s Lavender Lemon Bar Soap and Juniper Lemon Salt Scrub!

This is a new segment of our blog written by Amber Pelletier. Amber is a student of nutrition at Keene State College and the sister of Tara (one of our co-founders). She will be guest blogging for MMT sharing some of her knowledge on essential vitamins and minerals and how we can access them in our skincare and diet.

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