I wanted to share some of these benefits with my children. Yet I couldn't find a consistent way to do so — until they were sick earlier this winter.
Plagued by terrible coughs, I feared that whooping cough might be invading our home. I researched natural methods of treating whooping cough head on. Over and over I found research showing that Vitamin C — given in (safe) high amounts and dosed frequently — can shorten the duration and severity of whooping cough.
So, I reached for our fruit derived Vitamin C, made batch after batch of these gummies, and safely pumped my ailing ones full of Vitamin C.
By the end of a week, the coughs lessened, and some children were even cough free. We never got to the point where I felt going to the doctor was absolutely necessary, so I do not know for certain if we were infected with whooping cough. Through the grace of God, we overcame whatever it was.
As a side note on Vitamin C, I am not a fan of the ascorbic acid form of vitamin C. Whenever possible, I like to find food sources of our needed nutrients and vitamins. So our Vitamin C of choice has been acerola powder. This powder is a bit expensive, yet it is derived from fruit (a whole food). I feel it is much less taxing on our body compared to the ascorbic acid form of C.
(As a side note — a bit strange — look at your urine if you're taking ascorbic acid C and then compare it to taking a natural form of C such as acerola powder. You will be surprised at the difference!)
Vitamin C Gummies
Our Vitamin C of choice is acerola powder. This powder is a bit expensive, yet it is derived from fruit (a whole food). I feel it is much less taxing on our body compared to the ascorbic acid form of C. I usually triple this recipe for our family of 5 kids.
- 3 tablespoons Acerola powder lessen or strengthen depending on serving size/dosage you are wanting
- 1 cup homemade juice of your choice or organic pure juice, not from concentrate
- 2-1/2 tablespoons sustainably-sourced gelatin (certified glyphosate-free)
- silicon mold optional
Warm juice on stove -- not boiling, but warm enough for gelatin to dissolve.
Remove from heat.
Once warm, briskly whisk constantly while you add the gelatin, a bit at time, to the juice.
Let the juice-gelatin mixture cool to room temperature.
Depending upon the temperature of your home, you will need to watch during this step that the juice mixture does not cool too much that it gels.
Once at normal room temperature, whisk briskly as you add the Vitamin C powder, again bit by bit.
When finished, pour the mixture into molds.
Pyrex cake pans work wonders for gummy squares (add coconut oil to bottom and sides to avoid sticking) or you can use cute silicon molds add some fun to gummy time. Either way, decorative or just square, my kids thoroughly enjoy the gummies and beg for them when I open the fridge.
- I have not tried adding other supplements or vitamins to these gummies, but the possibilities are endless!
Enjoy! And be well!
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. You are responsible for your own health and for the use of any remedies, treatments, or medications you use at home.
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