If you’ve been living under the rock that promotes Vitamin C as only coming from oranges, come out, come out and meet a Romaine Salad.
Vitamin C is an organic compound not stored in the human body. Humans require a daily intake of food that contains Vitamin C. It helps to produce collagen, a vital component in tendons, ligaments, skin, cornea, cartilage, bones, the gut, and blood vessels. It also helps to produce L-carnitine and some neurotransmitters as well as metabolizing proteins. This antioxidant process is thought to reduce the risk of some cancers.
Heart-healthy romaine contains Vitamin C and beta-carotene that work together to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol has a sticky quality that builds up in the artery walls forming plaque that can become large, block blood flow or break causing a clot. Clots trigger heart attack and/or stroke.
The fiber in romaine is another positive. Fiber binds to bile salts in the colon removing them from the body. This induces the body to make more bile, in the process breaking down cholesterol and lowering high cholesterol levels.
Then there’s the folic acid in romaine, a B Vitamin that converts damaging homocysteine into benign substances. When not converted, homocysteine damages blood vessels increasing the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Romaine is also a source of potassium useful in reducing high blood pressure.
A deficiency of Vitamin C causes scurvy. Symptoms include swollen joints, bleeding gums, loose teeth, anemia, and fatigue.