Please notice that at present vitamin C is considered safe as it's water soluble. Even so, the best and safest way to get nutrients such as antioxidants, I believe, is through food.
My reasoning is that food comes in unique packages which provide the right combination of nutrients for the optimum use by the body.
I am personally convinced that increasing antioxidants in diet could help us with crps. My reasoning is that crps is stressful (not to mention all the other stressors in our lives). Stress, whether from pain, environmental or emotional causes, makes us oxidize. Oxidation is normal but too much produces excessive amounts of free radicals. Some free radicals cause inflammation (one problem with crps). Antioxidants demolish free radicals.
Antioxidants are thought to be most effective when consumed together.
The best way to go is to get a range of free radicals and the very best way to get them is through food. Just how to improve diet to increase antioxidant intake is what I'm working on at present.
- Smart eaters consume all the carotinoids. Carotenoids create the colour in plants.Reds & yellows signifiy immune boosting carotinoids.
- We are advised that a recommended healthy diet contains 5 veg & 2 fruit of mixed colours, 40%of diet fruit & veg, 500gm of fruit & veg daily.This of course depends on whether you have fresh or dried etc.
- Each day eat one of each colour group, red, orange, yellow, blue/purple and white.
- Mix colours in every meal but always try to include green and orange. The deeper the colour the higher nutrient value.
I personally increase the vitimin C foods when I have acute flare ups.