Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Vitamin C – Ascorbic acid

Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin. Vitamin C works best in conjunction with bioflavonoids, calcium, iron and magnesium. The body cannot synthesize Vitamin C, it has to be ingested.

Vitamin C:
  • Maintains mental health
  • Helps with the production of collagen and elastin
  • Prevents thinning of arterial walls
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Improves glucose tolerance in diabetes
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helps with iron absorption
  • Speeds healing
  • Alleviates stress
  • Lowers LDL cholesterol

 Sources of Vitamin C:
Ascorbic acid is found in:
  • Citrus fruits
  • Guavas
  • Berries
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Watercress

 Deficiency symptoms:
  • Anemia
  • Recurrent infections
  • Bleeding or spongy gums
  • Nose bleeds
  • Loose teeth
  • Poor skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Slow healing
  • Muscular weakness
  • Joint pains
  • Scurvy

 The need for Vitamin C increases dramatically in times of trauma, infections, strenuous exercise consistently high environmental temperatures or if the person is a smoker. Taking aspirin and Vitamin C together may cause stomach irritation. Antacids, alcohol, antidepressants, birth control pills and steroids deplete Vitamin C.


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