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Posted by Autumn Smith

If you want to support your immune system the best way possible, vitamin C is the way to do it. 

There’s something in your diet though that can block your absorption of vitamin C –  and very few people know about it. Today, I want to make sure you’re not one of them. 

So what’s the thing that stands between you and proper vitamin C absorption?

Sugar. 

Here’s why:

The chemical structures of vitamin C and glucose are very similar – so similar in fact that they use the same transporter (insulin) to enter the body’s cells and do their individual jobs.

When the two are present together, they compete for absorption, and sugar usually wins. 

Since sugar gets first dibs, vitamin C is left unabsorbed and is eventually excreted by the body before it’s been able to be utilized. 

When the process of “excretion before absorption” takes places, deficiency is the inevitable result. 

While a vitamin C deficiency may not result in modern-day scurvy, it can result in things like:

  • Increased inflammation
  • Lowered immunity
  • Decreased tissue regeneration
  • Digestive upset
  • Slower wound healing
  • Lowered metabolism
  • Joint pain
  • And more

Not things you want to be dealing with.
Since our bodies can’t create vitamin C on their own, we HAVE to continually supply it through dietary means.

When you do, you supercharge your immune system, giving it what it needs to fight invaders and keep you healthy. 

Sugar, on the other hand, essentially paralyzes your immune system by blocking nutrients and feeding the bad bacteria your gut, leading them to colonize, overpopulate and trigger a whole host of other problems. 

So while it’s important to supplement with vitamin C, it’s equally important to do so apart from sugar. This ensures that your body can actually absorb it and put it to good use. 

Try eating low-carb, high vitamin C foods like:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Bell peppers

Or supplement with a whole food vitamin C powder with NO added sugar. 

I was astounded at all the vitamin C supplements that had added sugars, were synthetic or were sourced from GMO corn – yes, I’m not kidding!

That’s why we created our BRAND NEW Paleovalley Whole Food Vitamin C Powder. So excited!!

It features organic versions of nature’s most potent sources of whole food vitamin C – unripe acerola cherry, amla berry and more. 

>>> Click here to learn more about it & how you can boost your immune system the way nature always intended!

Just remember – when you take your vitamin C, don’t eat/drink anything with sugar. That includes things like orange juice! 
 

Happy Paleo-ing!
Autumn Smith & The Paleovalley Team
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