Vitamin C

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant needed for at least 300 functions in your body, including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function, and healthy gums.

It also helps with making anti-stress hormones and interferon (an important immune system protein).

Studies have shown taking vitamin C can reduce symptoms of asthma.

It protects against the harmful effects of pollution, helps prevent cancer, protects against infection, and improves immunity.

Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron.

It can combine with toxic substances (like certain heavy metals) and make them harmless so they can be eliminated from your body.

Most people know about vitamin C and its perceived ability to prevent the common cold.

But over the years there’s been conflicting data on vitamin C and its effect on colds.

And it remains conflicting.

This vitamin may also reduce levels of LDL (“bad cholesterol”), and increase levels of HDL (“good cholesterol”), as well as lower high blood pressure and help prevent atherosclerosis.

Essential in the formation of collagen, vitamin C protects against abnormal blood clotting and bruising, may reduce the risk of cataracts, and promotes the healing of wounds and burns.

It may even boost your love life by causing more of the hormone oxytocin to be released.

Vitamin C is also useful in managing H. pylori (a bacteria in your stomach resulting in pain, gas, and bloating).

Vitamin C works together with both vitamin E and beta-carotene.

When these vitamins work together, they have a greater effect than the sum of their individual effects, and taking them together may be better than taking these vitamins alone.

Long-term users of vitamins E and C in combination seem to have higher cognitive abilities as they age.

These vitamins reinforce and extend each other’s antioxidant activity.

Because your body can’t manufacture vitamin C, your must get it through your diet or in the form of supplements.

If you need larger-than-normal amounts of vitamin C because of serious illness (like cancer), it’s more effective to take it intravenously, under the supervision of a physician, than it is to take high doses orally.

Scurvy is a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency.

It’s characterized by poor wound healing, soft and spongy bleeding gums, edema, extreme weakness, and “pinpoint” hemorrhages under your skin.

This condition is rare in Western societies.

More common are signs of lesser degrees of deficiency, including gums that bleed when brushed; increased susceptibility to infection, especially colds and bronchial infections, joint pains, lack of energy, poor digestion, prolonged wound healing time, a tendency to bruise easily, and tooth loss.

Sources

Vitamin C is found in berries, citrus fruits, and green vegetables.

Good sources include asparagus, avocados, beet greens, black currants, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, collards, dandelion greens, dulse, grapefruits, kale, lemons, mangoes, mustard greens, onions, oranges, papayas, green peas, sweet peppers, persimmons, pineapple, radishes, rose hips, spinach, strawberries, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnip greens, and watercress.

Orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, but only if it’s freshly squeezed or has been processed by methods not involving heating or pasteurization.

While freshly squeezed juice is best, frozen juices are often processed by nonheat methods and can be good sources of vitamin C.

Some so-called fruit drinks have added vitamin C, and although they’re not as good a choice as real fruit juices, they’re preferable to carbonated beverages.

Herbs containing vitamin C  include alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, hops, kelp, peppermint, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, pine needle, plantain, raspberry leaf, red clover, rose hips, skullcap, violet leaves, yarrow, and yellow dock.

Comments

Alcohol, analgesics, antidepressants, anticoagulants, oral contraceptives, and steroids may reduce levels of vitamin C in your body.

Smoking causes a serious depletion of vitamin C.

Diabetes medications and sulfa drugs may not be as effective if taken with vitamin C.

Taking high doses of vitamin C may cause a false-negative reading in tests for blood in the stool.

For maximum effectiveness, supplemental vitamin C should be taken in divided doses, twice daily.

Esterified vitamin C (Ester-C) is an effective form of vitamin C.

Recently, however, some researchers have found Ester-C may be no more bioavailable than regular vitamin C.

We’ll have to wait to see what’s discovered in future studies.

Cautions

If aspirin and standard vitamin C are taken together in large doses, stomach irritation can occur, possibly leading to ulcers.

If you take aspirin regularly take vitamin C separately from the aspirin.

If you’re pregnant, don’t take more than 5,000 mg of vitamin C daily.

A developing infant may become dependent on this supplement and develop scurvy when deprived of the accustomed megadoses after birth.

If you have a bruise or sprained muscle, temporarily cut back on vitamin C to less than 90 mg daily.

Larger amounts may combine with iron produced by the injuries to cause more damage.

Chewable vitamin C supplements may damage tooth enamel.

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