Vitamin C Benefits Your Body in Several Ways
It Strengthens Collagen, Assists Brain Function & Helps Convert Fat into Energy!
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Vitamin C benefits your body in a number of important ways! In addition to helping with the production of collagen in the ligaments, blood vessels and tendons, vitamin C assists the body with the functioning of the brain. It also plays an important role in converting fat cells to energy in the mitochondria (energy center) of the cells.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin. It is often referred to as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is not produced by our bodies and so we must obtain it from the foods we eat or from vitamin C supplements.
More Vitamin C Benefits
Here are some more benefits of vitamin C:
- Metabolism of cholesterol
- Regenerate vitamin E
- Protects against the effects of cigarette smoke
Vitamin C Deficiency
Many of you are familiar with the ability of vitamin C to help prevent the dreaded disease of scurvy. British sailors are called "limeys" today due to the fact that all British naval vessels by the late 1700s were required to carry limes or oranges on board for their sailors to eat as a way of preventing scurvy. Fortunately, scurvy can be prevented with as little as 10mg of vitamin C daily. For that reason scury is rarely a problem today even in undeveloped countries.
Vitamin C DosageRecommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Vitamin C
- Life Stage Age Males (mg/day) Females (mg/day)
- Infants 0-6 months 40 (AI) 40 (AI)
- Infants 7-12 months 50 (AI) 50 (AI)
- Children 1-3 years 15 15
- Children 4-8 years 25 25
- Children 9-13 years 45 45
- Adolescents 14-18 years 75 65
- Adults 19 years and older 90 75
- Smokers 19 years and older 125 110
- Pregnancy 18 years and younger - 80
- Pregnancy 19-years and older - 85
- Breast-feeding 18 years and younger - 115
- Breast-feeding 19 years and older - 120
Vitamin C Side Effects
According to the Linus Pauling Institute. "...there is no reliable scientific evidence that large amounts of vitamin C (up to 10 grams/day in adults) are toxic or detrimental to health." As a precaution, it is recommended that an adult not take more than 2,000 mg of vitamin C in order to prevent diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances. The above symptoms are not considered serious and can be eliminated by cutting back on the amount of vitamin C you are taking.
I know my wife has difficulty taking vitamin C because it causes soreness and break outs inside her mouth. On the other hand, I have no problem with 1,000 mg per day.
Vitamin C Sources
Vitamin C can be obtained from eating the following foods:
- Oranges and orange juice
- Grapefruit and grapefruit juice
- Other citrus fruits
- Sweet red pepper
Vitamin C Research
Vitamin C has been well researched over the years. Although a lot has been learned there are still unexplored areas regarding vitamin C benefits to our health.Recent research has dispelled the notion that taking vitamin C will prevent or shorten a common cold. We welcome additional research on vitamin C, other natural nutrients and whole food supplements.
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