The Benefit of Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also called absorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is crucial for your body's normal growth and development. Your body needs Vitamin C for growth and repair of tissues throughout your body. Without it, your body can't form collagen, a protein that is used to make scar tissue, blood vessels, skin, and ligaments. Without it, your body could not heal its own wounds, and perform many other critical functions.

What is the benefit of vitamin C?

There are many benefits of vitamin C. Among them are antioxidants that block some damage caused from by-products resulting from the process of our bodies transforming food into energy. These by-products cause buildups that can contribute to serious health problems like heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. It also helps minimize the danger to the body caused by cigarette smoke and other forms of pollution.

If your body does not have enough Vitamin C, there are usually symptoms. These include gingivitis (gum disease), dry skin, nosebleeds, painful joints, anemia, low immune system, slowed metabolism, possibly weight gain, and other symptoms. Vitamin C deficiency at its worst is known as scurvy. This mainly affects older, malnourished adults.

Where can you get vitamin C?

It's important to remember that your body does not self-manufacture or store Vitamin C. Because of this, you need to incorporate Vitamin C rich foods into your diet. This, fortunately, is really easy to do. All vegetables and fruits contain Vitamin C. Oranges have been associated as a high source of Vitamin C. This is true of any citrus fruit, strawberries, juices, turnip greens, potatoes, and broccoli.

Unlike some vitamins, Vitamin C is water soluble. This means it is regularly disposed of by the body. For this reason, it is nearly impossible to cause damage by taking in too much of the vitamin. However, really high doses can lead to diarrhea and loose bowels. The average person's consumption of Vitamin C should probably stay under 2,000 mg a day.

Adults should take in 75-90 mg of Vitamin C per day. Smokers should realize that they need to supplement their diet with at least an additional 35 mg per day to counteract the effects of the nicotine.

 

Vitamins

Vitamin A
B-Complex Vitamins
Vitamin B 6
Vitamin B 12
Vitamin B 17
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Biotin
Choline
Niacin
Pantothenic Acid
Thiamin

Minerals

Minerals: An Overview
Copper
Chromium
Selenium
Magnesium
Vanadium
Zinc
Potassium
Iron

Supplements

Amino Acids
Antioxidants
Lutein
Lycopene
Co-Q10
Glucosamine