You might only think about vitamin C when you are fighting colds and flu, but this all-rounder does so much more.
Vitamin C is a really valuable vitamin to have in your system. The benefits are numerous, especially for anyone wanting to lose weight and feel healthier.
The good news is that it’s hard to overdo it – anything your body doesn’t need is expelled as urine (as Vitamin C is water soluble). Many of the recipes in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge are packed with vitamin C rich ingredients.
Here are just some of the health benefits of getting enough vitamin C in your diet.
6 amazing benefits of Vitamin C for health and weight loss
1. Boost your immunity
Yes it really does help you fight off the sniffles or a cough. Keep you and your family topped up on vitamin C to reduce the likelihood of catching anything, or reduce the severity if you are already ill. The recipes on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge are all focused on keeping you in tip top health, and are focused on fresh produce.
Try the Chilled Choc Orange Mousse from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge (pictured above)
2. Regulate blood sugar levels
Avoid the highs and lows that come with a poor diet to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Vitamin C can help support this, so you don’t find yourself reaching for a biscuit or chocolate bar every day at 3pm. Enjoy a healthy snack from the recipes on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
Try the Spinach and Cheese Triangles from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
3. Assist with weight loss
Whether you want to drop pounds or improve strength, Vitamin C can help. Being deficient in Vitamin C can make it very difficult to lose weight and reach a healthy BMI. It actually helps you to metabolise fat, so you can see why it’s essential.
Try making a healthy smoothie, using berries as the sweetener.
4. Antioxidant boost
Vitamin C can help reduce damage to the body by things like pollution and cigarette smoke. It can even help reduce the signs of ageing. And yes, it’s found in cauliflower!
Try the Cauliflower Cheese Toasted Sandwich from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
5. Give you energy
Hands up who could do with feeling a little less tired? Yes, that would be everyone. By enjoying 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you can avoid the afternoon slump or everyday sluggishness.
Try the Beef Pineapple Broccoli Stir Fry from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
6. Reduce effects of stress
Everyday stress can reduce your stores of vitamin C, so it’s a good idea to ensure you have an adequate intake. As busy mums, stress comes with the job, so ensure you are looking after yourself as well as the family.
Try this: Cheerful Mocktail from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
Some good sources of Vitamin C
Try some of the recipes outlined above, which include key ingredients such as oranges, blueberries, watermelon, mango, strawberries, broccoli, peppers, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and tomato.