Upon any onset of cold symptoms, many of my friends would try to drink some orange juice as if to get that magic Vitamin C to fight the cold. Well, it’s good, but you might also be drinking in a lot of sugar in the orange juice at the same time.
But do you also know that it’s actually less effective if you take in a lot of Vitamin C at once? The vitamin C is actually absorbed much better if you ingest small amounts of Vitamin Cs multiple times throughout the day. If you take in a lot of Vitamin C at once, you might only absorb less than 20% of it.
Orange is not the only fruit with Vitamin C. Kiwi is a pretty good one too. Guava is the richest in Vitamin C. And actually red pepper has a lot of Vitamin C. Personally, when I try to get Vitamin C, I usually take a supplement pill.
Speaking of supplements, I actually like Echinacea better than Vitamin C in some ways. Wendy and I first learned about Echinacea on our first mission trip to India with jnX, when Isabella introduced it to us. Echinacea is an immunity booster. During many subsequent mission trips to faraway places, we actually take Echinacea every day, and I believe Echinacea and prayers are the two main things that kept us healthy during most of our mission trips.
Echniacea is controversial because some medical practitioners believe that it doesn’t make you any better. However, there have been studies that taking both Echinacea and Vitamin C reduces the incidence of cold by 86%.
I like taking Echinacea supplements as pills whenever I start feeling like I might get sick, or if another person in the house starts having cold symptoms. I also like the herbal tea made with Echniacea and Elder (Elder is also known as Elderberry or Sambucus nigra) because it tastes really good.