LoveYourBrain Tip: Vitamin C

VITAMIN C

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BRAIN HEALTH | 10.1.2018 | BY HAYLEE LaCROIX, THERAPEUTIC CHEF AND HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST

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Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and plays a large role in neurotransmitter production. Neurotransmitters impact just about every aspect of your life. They affect your ability to focus, concentrate, and remember. They also control your mood, cravings, addictions and sleep. Vitamin C is a cofactor needed to make serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, three neurotransmitters essential for a positive mood.

Vitamin C acts as a powerful detoxifier that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier to remove heavy metals from the brain. By helping to build collagen that keeps arteries flexible, vitamin C improves blood flow. Increased blood flow delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your brain, keeping it properly nourished. Vitamin C’s antioxidant power can be enhanced further when taken with vitamin E.

Fruits with the highest amounts of vitamin C include:

  • cantaloupe

  • citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes)

  • kiwi fruit

  • mango

  • papaya

  • pineapple

  • strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries

  • watermelon

Vegetables with the highest amount of vitamin C include:

  • cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower)

  • bell peppers (all colors)

  • green leafy vegetables

  • sweet and white potatoes

  • tomatoes

  • winter squash