I think this is a great idea and goes well with a previous Self-help Health post titled Don’t Throw Away That Peel!. I love finding uses for parts of our fruits and vegetables that often get thrown away….using the peels of citrus means more nutrition for us, less garbage for the landfill. And with this homemade recipe you’re getting vitamin C with all it’s components still intact….bioflavonoids, rutin, hesperidin, and more…..which all have great nutritional value on their own. I think this is usually a much better way to go than consuming supplements containing only isolated nutrients. And as I was putting this post together I came across a simple, but tasty sounding recipe for you to try that might even benefit from a teaspoon of homemade C!
HOMEMADE VITAMIN C
Make your own vitamin C at home, and make it better than any store bought vitamin C!
Vitamin C Recipe
So you may not know that almost all of the vitamin C supplement manufacturers are making their vitamin C from genetically engineered corn. “What!” you exclaim. “How am I supposed to get enough vitamin C into my family if I don’t buy store bought supplements?” Answer: You make your own! What you are about to read is something that the giant pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to see.
Even the health food stores don’t want you to know about this secret. You can make your very own vitamin C supplement that is ten times better than anything you could buy in a store at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU!
Does it have a 1,000 mg of vitamin C per dosage? Nope. Does it have the USRDA amount per dosage? Not at all. Has it been approved by the FDA? Absolutely not!
What homemade vitamin C does have is live enzymes that allow the vitamin C to be 100% assimilated into your body. It has its own natural source of rutin, hesperidin, and bioflavonoids. It’s easily acquired, easy to make, and even tastes good, too. It’s just orange & lemon peels (other citrus fruits, such as grapefruit, tangerines and limes can be used, as well).
It’s that easy. Any organic orange or lemon peels left over from the fruit you buy will do the trick. Save all of your peels after you eat the inside of the fruit and cut them into thin strips. Place them on a plate on your dining room table and let them dry at room temperature for a couple of days until dry and crisp. You can also dehydrate the peels with a food dehydrator and then store them for about a year in a dry container. For consumption, one idea is to break up peels into smaller pieces and mix them with your favorite tea. This makes the tea taste great, but the downside to this approach is that heat destroys the enzymes. A better option is to place the peel strips into your coffee grinder and grind them into a powder (which won’t hurt the enzymes) and use to mix with your early morning smoothie. One rounded teaspoon will supply you with more organic vitamin C complex, rutin, hesperidin, and bioflavonoids than your body needs for the day, regardless of your size. And this homemade citrus peel powder mixed in your blender with some fresh organic apple juice tastes good too.
Article by: Dr. Ian Shillington, a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in helping others to help themselves using nutritional and herbal naturopathic remedies. His definition of naturopathy is “the science or art of treating a disease by addressing the cause, using nutrition, exercise, sunlight, clean air, pure water, massage, hydrotherapy (both hot & cold), confront, prayer, meditation, lifestyle, biochemistry (which includes vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc.), and correcting any imbalances found.”
If you check out the original article, be sure to read some of the comments people have left. They include some interesting questions, plus other ideas for using the peel.
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And here’s a sweet way to end today’s post that I came across earlier just a few minutes ago….. a recipe from Lauren Kelly Nutrition. I was thinking you could even add some of your homemade vitamin C to this, especially if you used orange peels. Chocolate and orange go well together…..
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free oats (or whatever oats you’d like if you aren’t gluten-free)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cacao nibs (can also use chocolate chips or dried fruit)
- Mix all the ingredients except cacao nibs in a medium bowl thoroughly.
- Add cacao nibs until combined.
- Line a 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- Spread mixture into pan and smooth out evenly.
- Place into refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to set.
- Cut into 8 bars. ENJOY!
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.