The special protective function of vitamin C is primarily its antioxidant effect. This protects our cells from free radicals. These are particularly harmful substances that arise due to environmental pollution, smoking, extreme physical strain or activity or as a part of the immune system. The attack cells and tissues and vitamin C intercepts these and inactivates them.
Those who eat a balanced diet with a high proportion of fruit and vegetables will achieve their daily dose of vitamin C. It should be 95 mg per day for women and 110 mg for men. 100% fruit juices are a particularly easy way to top-up your vitamin C levels. A small glass of orange juice (150 ml, 100% fruit content) is often enough to cover two thirds of the daily recommended requirement. When looking for a fruity, health-promoting thirst quencher, it is advisable to dilute 100% fruit juice with water or mineral water. This has a double advantage: an ideal thirst quencher and a healthy portion of vitamin C.
Real vitamin C boosters are acerola cherries, rose hip, citrus fruit, but also sea buckthorn berries (450 mg / 100g) or black currants, which have a particularly high content of vitamin C (over 1,000 mg / 100g). Just in time for summer strawberries in particular provide us with sufficient strength for our immune system. Many don´t know, but there is just as much vitamin C in this wonderfully aromatic summer fruit as in oranges and lemons. On top of that, they are rich in zinc - the ideal combination for our immune boost!