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VITAMINS & MINERALS

PROTECTIVE EFFECTS OF VITAMIN C

 

Vitamin C Protective Qualities

Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbate or Ascorbic Acid, is a water-soluble vitamin with strong antioxidant and other protective properties. This includes:

  • Heart Disease
  • Antiaging Skin Care
  • Skin Conditions
  • Virus Protection
  • Cattarachs
  • Diabetes Damage
  • Chemical and Metal Poisoning
  • Cigarrette Smoke Damage [incluing second-hand smoke]

 

Role of Vitamin C in Preventing Heart Disease

The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C help prevent heart disease by:

  • protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage
  • reducing the stiffness of arteries
  • reducing the tendency of platelets to stick together
  • normalising the lining of blood vessels. Vitamin C improves nitric oxide activity, which aids the dilation of blood vessels, an important factor in lowering blood pressure and preventing spasms of arteries, which might lead to heart attacks.

Vitamin C in Antiaging Skin Care

Vitamin C is needed to make collagen. Collagen strengthens many parts of the body, such as muscles and blood vessels. Vitamin C also promotes healing in damaged skin and acts as a natural antihistamine.

 

Skin Conditions

Recurrent boils (furunculosis) may indicate defects in white blood cell function. This is remedied with vitamin C supplementation. Studies found that 1 gram of vitamin C taken daily for 4 – 6 weeks, returned white blood cell function to normal.

 

Virus Protection

Vitamin C aids formation of liver bile, helps detox the liver from alcohol and drug toxicity and helps to fight viruses.

 

Prevention of Cataracts

Studies have shown that vitamin C levels in the eye decrease with age, possibly leading to a cataracts. Vitamin C supplements prevent these levels from dropping.

 

Protection of Diabetes Damage

People with diabetes show increased activity of the enzyme, aldose reductase. This leads to damaging accumulation of sorbitol in eyes, nerves, and kidneys. Vitamin C has been reported to reduce activity of the enzyme.

 

Prevents Chemical & Metal Poisoning

Vitamin C Supplements [1,000 mg per day] may help protect the body against accumulation or retention of the toxic substances, such as lead, nicotine, chemical sprays etc.

 

Vitamin C Protects Against Cigarette Smoke

The antioxidant properties of vitamin C protect smokers, as well as those exposed to secondhand smoke, from the harmful effects of free radicals. Studies showed that 3 grams of vitamin C, taken by non-smokers two hours prior to being exposed to cigarette smoke, reduced the levels of smoke-induced free radical formation.

In summary, Vitamin C is central to many preventative and restorative processes in the body. Over supplementation is not a risk, and it is highly recommended that at least 1000mg [1gram] of vitamin C is taken 1-3 times daily. The most potent Vitamin C supplement is acerola berry based.

Next: B Group Vitamins

 


 
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