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JANUARY 25, 2003     PAGE FIVE      
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                               "Learning is not compulsory; but then neither is survival."
                                                               W. Edwards Deming

I'd like you to elaborate a little on how low carbers can still get their vitamin C since they cannot have orange juice or other citrus fruits. Isn't this a big nutritional problem?

Margo J.
              Vitamin C

Vitamin C is indeed exceptionally important in our diets, and you'll be pleased to know that there are plenty of avenues for getting it that fit nicely into a low carb regime.

Many foods are rich in vitamin C, which gives you the option to chose those low on the glycemic index. Citrus fruits (especially orange juices) are the first thing most people think of as a source of vitamin C, but since they are also full of natural sugars (and therefore very high in carbs), you'll need to know about the other sources.

Vegetables like red and green peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, asparagus and dark, leafy vegetables are also sources of vitamin C, (and without the high carb content!) During Induction, these are your best sources. When you can have a bit more carbs, berries are a great choice... low in carbs and an excellent source of vitamin C.

At least 300 bodily functions depend on adequate levels of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Without sufficient amounts, your body could not work properly or fight disease. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the manufacture of collagen, which forms the connective tissue in skin, bones, teeth, cartilage, ligaments, vertebral discs, joint linings and capillary walls. The vitamin also helps form red blood cells, maintain white blood cells, aid nervous system function and provide antioxidant protection against free radicals, which accelerate the aging process.

According to research, 30 percent of the adult population isn’t getting enough vitamin C and more than six percent of that population is deficient. Other research indicates that our intake of vitamin C is often insufficient to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. If you take certain pharmaceutical medications, which can compromise your body’s ability to absorb vitamin C, you may need to increase your intake. In many cases, it can also help replace drugs that often have serious side effects.

Many studies have shown that vitamin C supplementation can reduce the risk of stomach, esophageal, colon, bladder, cervical, breast and uterine cancers. A recent study of approximately 1,200 men (half of whom had prostate cancer) indicated that vitamin C could reduce the risk of contracting prostate cancer. Because of the powerful cancer-fighting properties of ascorbic acid, more studies are being conducted to determine its benefits. Several have already shown that both dietary and supplemental vitamin C are important in preventing cancers of the lung, pancreas, prostate and salivary glands, as well as leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

To ensure you are getting enough vitamin C, supplement with 500-1,000 mg daily for general nutrition; 1,000-3,000 mg per day if you have cardiovascular health concerns; and 1,000-5,000 mg a day if you have high cholesterol.

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If you are tired of paying high prices for jellies only to find that once they arrive, you only have 10 ounces of jelly, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that Colac jellies are a full 15.3 ounces and have real pieces of fruit in the jars! Colac Jellies are available in four flavors - Strawberry, Cherry, Apricot and "Four" Fruit!

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