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The vitamin to take when you eat unhealthy


Vitamin C is an antioxidant and antipollution vitamin found in greatest concentrations in fresh fruits and vegetables. Many studies have demonstrated vitamin C’s cancer-deterring strengths.

Biochemical studies suggest that vitamin C blocks the formation of carcinogens from cured meats such as bacon, ham, and smoked fish. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce bladder tumors induced by chemical carcinogens. Human studies have shown that foods containing vitamin C protect against cancers of the esophagus, stomach, and cervix. Supplements of vitamins C and E have been shown to reduce the formation of mutagenic chemicals in the gastrointestinal tract, which may be an important means of protection against cancers of the colon and intestines. Vitamin C protects experimental animals’ lung cultures from the mutagenic effects of tobacco smoke. And biochemical studies show that vitamin C also prevents oxidation of certain chemicals to active carcinogenic forms. People living in heavily polluted areas need plenty of vitamin C.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are the main source of this vitamin. Animal foods have virtually none. It is best to get your vitamin C from fresh fruits and vegetables rather than from vitamin supplements, which are only imperfect imitations of their natural counterparts.

 Fruits richest in vitamin C include:

                  Cantaloupes

                  Grapefruit

                  Lemons

                  Oranges

                  Papayas

                  Strawberries

 Vegetables rich in vitamin C include:

                  Broccoli

                  Brussels sprouts

                  Cauliflower

                  Red peppers