All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

I appreciate your intention and time you are willing to spent on writing me a letter. I want you to know that, but also something else in respect to the precious time of your life.

Several years ago, I stopped discussing fruitarianism privately, except for very special cases. Talking about veganism and vegetarianism via email has even lower priority in my to do list, which is extensive. There are probably very few arguments I haven't heard yet, and I can imagine only few of them are able to spark my interest - I have been discussing fruitarianism and veganism for a very long time. I might not respond, human lives are to short to do as nearly as much as I want.

I do not date romantically or for casual socializing.

So if you still want to contact me privately, please consider that I will prioritize letters with offers of collaboration on creating public fruitarian content (including critical), friendly "hello" messages, and consultation requests. 

If you are interested in fruitarianism, I invite you to register on this site and participate with your answers, stories, and comments, and receive feed and email updates. You can subscribe to feeds for articles on almost every category section of the site (a link this feed-image RSS Feed on the top of the page, above titles), so you can pick and choose with your feed reader. If you see an interesting topic, please express your opinion in a comment, and we can keep a dialogue over time.

If you want to to keep in touch with me as a fruitarian person, but do not see yourself developing a friendship, please consider these fruitarian profiles on social networks, where I rarely post - it would be hopefully easy for you if you already spend time there, and our link may lead to something in the future:

I must add that I am not interested in investing much time on most social media outlets, including most of the named above, but I kept these profiles for many years now, and do check on them.

Skype: fruitarians.net

You might find other fruitarian connections in these groups:

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, or ascorbate, is an essential nutrient for humans, a water-soluble vitamin. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C, so it is an essential dietary component. 

  • Vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen (an essential component of connective tissue), L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters, it is also involved in protein metabolism.
  • Vitamin C is also an important physiological antioxidant and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E). Vitamin C regenerates vitamin E by reducing vitamin E radicals formed when vitamin E scavenges the oxygen radicals. 
  • Vitamin C plays an important role in immune function and improves the absorption of nonheme iron, the form of iron present in plant-based foods.

Approximately 70%–90% of vitamin C is absorbed at moderate intakes of 30–180 mg a day. At doses above 1 g a day, absorption falls to less than 50% and absorbed, unmetabolized ascorbic acid is excreted in the urine. 

Insufficient vitamin C intake causes scurvy, which is characterized by fatigue or lassitude, connective tissue weakness, and capillary fragility.

Cells accumulate vitamin C. The total body content of vitamin C ranges from 300 mg (at near scurvy) to about 2 g.

  • High levels of vitamin C are maintained in cells and tissues, and are highest in leukocytes (white blood cells), eyes, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and brain.
  • Relatively low levels of vitamin C are found in extracellular fluids, such as plasma, red blood cells, and saliva.

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