Last updated: February 2, 2017. Did you know you can make your own Vitamin C supplement at home – without GMO, additives and fillers?
Would you like to save a lot of money in the process as well?
Homemade vitamin C powder is better than any store-bought supplement, it’s much cheaper and you can make it in a certain way that even your kids will love it.
(In fact, it’s so easy a 5-year-old can make it… )
As you know, proper doses of Vitamin C are essential for your immune system, your bones, your muscle cartilage, your dental health and the list goes on.
(Our body does not make Vitamin C which makes it an important nutrient to have on hand.)
- 1 Why Homemade Vitamin C is Better
- 2 How to Make Your Own Natural Vitamin C Supplement
- 3 Lemon Peel Vitamin C Candy for the Kids
- 4 Ways to Use Your Homemade Vitamin C (+Dosage)
- 5 How to Make a Vitamin C Drink
Why Homemade Vitamin C is Better
Currently, most vitamin C supplements you buy are made from genetically modified corn (yuck) and some filler chemicals that serve as binding and coating ingredients.
The shockingly simple homemade version is made from lemon peels, and contains all the enzymes that allow the Vitamin C to be 100% assimilated in your body.
It also contains its natural source of rutin, hesperidin and bioflavonoids.
(Can I mention the money-saving potential here once more?)
How to Make Your Own Natural Vitamin C Supplement
All you’ll need is a few organic lemons (or any other citrus fruits).
You’ll be using the peels, because they are loaded with Vitamin C, much more than the fruit itself.
For example, 100 grams of orange peel provide about 136 mg of Vitamin C, while the fruit provides about 71 mg (in 100 grams of fruit). That’s almost double!
By ingesting the peels – pith and all – you take in much more bioavailable Vitamin C than you would by eating the fruit or taking a synthetic supplement.
Note: it is important that the fruit is organic as you don’t want to be eating peels sprayed with nasty chemicals.
Follow These Steps:
- Wash the fruit (I use about 5 lemons for 2 weeks supply) and peel off the skin.
- Cut the peels into small squares, or leave them as strips.
- Dry them out, you can choose either of these methods:
– Air Drying – place them on a cloth and put by the window in the sunlight. Allow them to dry and shrivel for a few days.
Once they’re dry, use a coffee grinder like this one, or a similar device, and turn your peels into a powder.
Store your Vitamin C powder in an airtight container.
Using this method you can use the powder for about a week, stored in the refrigerator.
– Dehydrator – place the lemon peel strips in your dehydrator at 100ºF for 6-9 hours. Than grind it into a powder and put in an airtight container.
Using this method, the powder can be used for about 3 months, stored in a cool and dry place, or 6 months in the freezer.
Voila, you’ve just made your own natural, organic Vitamin C supplement at home!
Lemon Peel Vitamin C Candy for the Kids
All you need to do to make this homemade Vitamin C child-friendly is to sprinkle a little Stevia on the lemon peel strips before you place them in the dehydrator.
When it’s ready, your kids will love munching on these sweet lemon peels, loaded with immune-boosting goodies.
If you want to take this a step further, here’s an awesome recipe for homemade chewable Vitamins that your kids will love – from Wellness Mama.
Ways to Use Your Homemade Vitamin C (+Dosage)
Just one rounded teaspoon of your homemade vitamin c, mixed in your smoothie, juice, or on top of your salad – Is more than your required vitamin C dose for the day, regardless of your size.
Note: Do not add it to hot drinks or foods, the heat will destroy the enzymes.
This homemade supplement can obviously be used to help home-treat the flu, the common cold, and just about anything else that involves your immune system.
In these cases, you can safely double your daily dose.
How to Make a Vitamin C Drink
Here’s another way to boost yourself with a lot of Vitamin C: The heavenly delicious fruit smoothie.
This drink contains 4 of the fruits with the highest levels of Vitamin C. You can freeze it in ice-cube trays for up to 4 weeks.
To make a smoothie, combine 2 cubes with 1/2 cup yogurt or almond/rice milk.
- 12 ounces fresh strawberries (preferably organic)
- 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/4 cup lemon juice – freshly squeezed.
Combine the ingredients in a blender for about 1 minute.
Stir well before pouring and serve cold. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, but if you don’t freeze it – It’s better to drink it right away.
How to Make Vitamin C Tablets (Pills)
If you prefer pre-made Vitamin C tablets, here’s an easy way to make about 35 pills:
Mix together the powdered ingredients and pour just a little bit of warm honey into the mix, until it holds together.
Make sure it’s not too sticky or moist.
Pour the mixture into pea-size molds.
Bonus Tip: Make Your Own Multi-Vitamin Supplement
If you love DIY health care like I do, you’ll love learning this simple way to make your own 100% natural multivitamin supplement at home.
Here’s my combination of some of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet:
– 1 part lemon peel powder – Vitamin C anyone?
– 1 part Alfalfa Grass Powder – alfalfa is known as nature’s multivitamin, and for good reasons.
It is mildly cleansing and the greatest source of nutrition and minerals of any of the grasses.
It is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll.
– 1 Part Spinach Leaf Powder – spinach is one of the best sources of Iron, which is most absorbed in the presence of Vitamin C (already in the recipe…).
Spinach is also a good source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K and is famous for their “blood building” ability.
– Stevia – optional for taste.
Mix the ingredients and add 1 teaspoon to your juice, smoothie or salad – it tastes great!
Getting your daily dose of Vitamin C is amazingly simple – no need for expensive, store-bought additive-filled supplements.
All you need is a few citrus fruit. You can dry them up and make them into a powder, you can make a juice out of them – what ever you want.
And you’ll get the best bioavailable Vitamin C – for you and your family – for a fraction of the cost.
What about you? Have you ever tried making your own vitamin supplement at home? Tell me about it in the comments below…
To your health and happiness,