Vitamin C

Why Vitamin C is Important for Your Health

Benefits of Vitamin C

When we hear people talk about the vitamins they take, vitamin C is one that is usually at the top of the list. I can remember as a kid my parents had a small fruit orchard with tangerine and orange trees, in the wintertime, my parents made sure we had a glass of fresh tangerine or orange juice for breakfast.

My dad used to say “it will keep you healthy during the winter” and for the most part, it did, while other kids got sick we almost never did, if we did catch a cold it was usually a mild one and only lasted a few days. So, I guess my dad was right and the vitamin C in the orange juice may have had something to do with it.

There have been several studies about the benefits of vitamin C but nothing that has been 100% conclusive, yet vitamin C is sold everywhere and there are plenty of fresh foods that contain vitamin C.

Foods that contain vitamin C:

  • Kiwi fruit (1 medium size) 74mg
  • Mangos (1 medium size) 57mg
  • Orange juice fresh (1 cup) 48mg
  • Fresh strawberries (1 cup) 84mg
  • Honeydew melons (one half) 160mg
  • Cantaloupe melon (half) 194mg

Other foods that contain vitamin C include dark green leafy vegetables, like mustard, kale, spinach, broccoli, and turnip greens.

Vitamin C is needed by your body to form healthy bones, cartilage muscle, and blood vessels.

The studies on Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Vitamin C has been observed in many studies and has been shown to help improve health and prevent or reduce symptoms of certain diseases.

Reducing the time of a common cold

Vitamin C has been shown to help treat scurvy, more importantly, it is talked about a lot when it comes to treating the common cold and reducing the time a cold lasts.

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While studies have not shown a direct benefit in preventing colds, some studies have shown that it can reduce the symptoms and shorten the time a cold lasts. It is believed that vitamin C may stimulate and strengthen the immune system by enhancing T-Cellquantities of cytokines helping B cells synthesize immunoglobulins to control inflammation.

Tissue healing

In order for cell tissue to heal it requires collagen synthesis One study showed that maximum tension strength on scar tissued was achieved in guinea pigs after they were given a diet supplemented with vitamin C.

Improve male fertility

Vitamin C has been used in the treatment of male infertility, mostly in the treatment of seminal infections. The presence of vitamin C in blood plasma in the ranges of 2.5 to 12mg/dl has shown to help with seminal infections, however, the reason for this is unclear.

Treatment of atherosclerosis

Several studies involving Vitamin C the clinical studies of Myasnikova in 1947 showed that lowering atherosclerosis with ascorbic acid showed an effect of lowering cholesterol.

Cancer treatment

This is probably one of the most important studies involving vitamin C in the treatment of cancer. The notion of treating cancer with vitamin C was proposed in 1949, studies showed that high doses of vitamin C improved the survival of some cancer patients with terminal cancer.

The first documented study of using vitamin C to treat cancer was done in the 1970s by Pauling and Cameron The study involved administering 10g of Vitamin C per day to 100 patients with terminal cancer. The results were compared to 1000 cancer patients who were administered conventional therapy. Of those patients given vitamin C 10.3% of them survived while those with conventional therapy died.

Free radicals

Vitamin C may help protect your body from free radicals which are molecules produced during the food breakdown process, free radicals may also play an important role in preventing heart disease.

Better vision

Taking vitamin C supplements with other vitamins may prevent cataracts and slow down age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration.

Should you take vitamin C supplements?

This is a question you should bring up with your health care provider, common sense says that eating food rich in fruits and vegetables is the best way to get your daily requirement of vitamin C, however, if you feel your diet is deficient, you may want to consider a Vitamin C supplement to ensure you are getting enough to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

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Final thoughts

Just about every condition mentioned above is often due to a poor immune system, and while many of the studies are not 100% conclusive many of them show promise that vitamin C (ascorbic acid( can have positive health benefits. I think it’s important to understand that since nature provides foods rich in vitamin C this nutrient is obviously there for a reason and that is to help us stay healthy and strengthen our immune system.

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