Vitamin C is probably the most well-known vitamin familiar to us from our early childhood. Most representatives of terrestrial fauna are able to produce ascorbic acid from glucose in their own bodies. Unfortunately, humans are a rare exception to this rule: we can get this valuable substance only from outside, together with food.
What people believe about lemon
For some reason there is an opinion among people that lemons contain the most vitamin C, but this is not true. The greatest amount of this vitamin is in the fruit of rosehip. A hundred grams of fruit of this plant contains from 650 to 1800 mg of the most famous vitamin – depending on whether it is dried or fresh rosehips (dried contain the most vitamin C), which is quite an impressive amount.
Useful properties of rosehips
Rose hips, like fairy tale dragons, fiercely guard their vitamin treasures. Reference books report that the ascorbic acid content in the fruits of the wild rose (depending on the species of shrub) can reach 2900 mg per 100 grams of raw weight. This is ten times more than in blackcurrants, 50 times more than in lemons, and 100 times more than in apples. Also rosehips contain B vitamins, carotene, vitamins P, K, E, organic acids, pectin, tannins and coloring substances; macro- and microelements.
Rose hips in Ukraine
In Ukraine, rose hips are traditionally harvested in early October. When choosing them in the market or in a store, pay attention to the quality of dried fruits. Unscrupulous manufacturers often “fry” rosehips in stoves at too high a temperature, which leads to a loss of many of its vitamins. So check for burnt parts of the fruit you choose. At the market do not hesitate to crumple and then break the “berry”: it should not stick together in a lump and be damp inside, otherwise instead of a vitamin reserve for the winter you will merely get dust or mold.
How to brew rosehips
Put three tablespoons of crushed dried rose hips into a liter of boiling water and infuse for 24 hours. Strain. To improve the taste, you can add sugar. The drink should be used during the same day, as longer storage will destroy vitamin C in it.
Why can’t we store Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is water-soluble, so it does not accumulate in the body and must be replenished from the outside. Ascorbin does not like high temperatures, light and oxygen. That is why all kinds of cooking destroy most of it, which should be taken into account and you should eat fresh food more often.
Stress relief with vitamin C
Vitamin C affects the synthesis of a number of hormones, including anti-stress, regulates the processes of hematopoiesis and normalizes capillary permeability, is involved in the synthesis of collagen protein, which is necessary for the growth of tissue cells, bones and cartilage of the body, improves the body’s ability to absorb calcium, removes toxins, regulates metabolism. And according to recent data, it also has anti-cancer properties, reduces intoxication in the bodies of alcoholics and drug addicts, and even slows down the aging process.