Vitamin C- The super hero

We all know that nothing is constant in this universe except change. One of these is the change of season. Every time we near a change of season we are surrounded by news of “flu in the air”, “viral infection in every family”, common cold, hay fever etc. All these can be kept under control with proper nutrient intake and supplementing with natural herbs and vitamins. Whenever I ask this questions to my clients – Do you take any vitamin/mineral supplements???? Immediately I get this answer- No way!!! I do not pop any of those pills into my mouth… This tells me how much knowledge a lay person has about the power house “antioxidants”  and that’s the main reason for me to write this note again today.

Not just the seasonal changes but today the way our agricultural industry is going, all we are putting in our bodies are chemicals. “N” number of pesticides, insecticides, antibiotics and god knows how many more carcinogens (cancer causing chemicals) are sprayed on our food supplies. It is our responsibility to keep our body strong to be able to fight these chemicals and kick them out of our system and, to make our body and “Immune System” strong we need to keep supplying it with proper antioxidants.

Antioxidants are the minerals and vitamins that are found in food as well as manufactured by our bodies and are critical for optimal health (Packer.L, Colman. C, 2000, pp1). Lipoic Acis, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10 and Glutathione are all part of the antioxidant network.

Here I am going to discuss about VITAMIN C.

Packer and Colman call vitamin C the hub of the antioxidant network because it links the fat soluble antioxidants to the water soluble ones.  Unfortunately we humans, like few animals, do not produce vitamin C in our bodies so we have to rely on getting enough of it in our food and through supplements (Packer.L, Colman. C, 2000).

Few Benefits of Vitamin C:-

Research shows that people who take vitamin C supplements daily significantly reduce their risk of dying from cancer and heart disease. It is shown that vitamin c prevents cancer by shielding our DNA from free radical damage.

Vitamins C works in regenerating vitamin E & interacts with flavonoid antioxidants in the network.

Vitamin C has also shown to protect sperms from free radical damage. If you are planning to conceive be vigilant about giving vitamin C to your man daily 😉

Vitamin C is very much critical to a well-functioning immune system. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system thus helping to reduce the length and severity of colds and viruses. Taking a regular dose of vitamin C can make this saying wrong “if 1 person gets cold infection in the family or school or office all others will get it.” NOPE. NO WAY.

Vitamin C is great for the skin. It is essential for the production of collagen. Collagen is the cellular glue that hold the body together and keeps the skin young and supple.

Vitamin C is shown to protect against cataracts.

Vitamin C is shown to strengthen connective tissue.

Vitamin C plays an important role in preserving the health of our cardiovascular system.

According to studies done, vitamin C supplement is very crucial for the diabetics.

Food source of vitamin C:

Vitamin C is found in abundance in plants. It is present in many fruits and veggies like red peppers, broccoli, cranberries,  cabbage, potatoes,tomatoes, Indian gooseberry, guava and citrus fruits.

Amount of vitamin C: 

RDA amount: 60 milligrams, 100 milligrams  for smokers. As vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin the excess amount that is ingested is eliminated through urine. Thus there is no chance of toxic buildup. The only side effect noted from too much vitamin C intake are abdominal cramp and diarrhea, which are uncomfortable but not particularly hazardous to the health (Packer.L, Colman. C, 2000).

Always include fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables in your diet along with vitamin C supplement.  Remember that simply swallowing a vitamin pill will not guarantee its absorption into the system and delivery to the appropriate cells and tissues. When it comes to vitamin C, less is more. Recent study shows that when smaller amount of vitamin C is taken it has better bio availability.  Colman and Packer recommend 250 milligram a day to be the healthy supplement dose of vitamin C (Packer.L, Colman. C, 2000).

Do read my post on the 5 antioxidants.

Reference:

 

Packer, L & Colman, C. (1999). The Antioxidant Miracle. New York, U.S.A: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by David Elmes on October 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I always take large doses of vitamin-C specially if it is flu season. Vitamin-C really enhances our immune system. “*:,’

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