VITAMIN C (Ascorbic Acid)

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Why is vitamin C necessary?
Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, aid in the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. Research indicates that vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer). Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold; help delay or prevent cataracts; and support healthy immune function.

FUNCTIONS/BENEFITS: 

– builds and strengthens the body’s immune system
– essential in energy metabolism
– prevents and reduces the risk of developing cancers by inhibiting nitrosamines formation(substances that cause cancer)
– essential in skin collagen formation and body tissue cells growth and repair
– maintains the integrity of the blood vessel walls.
– reduces the risk of bleeding episodes such as hematoma, nose bleeding, gum bleeding, etc.
– reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. It lowers blood cholesterol level and high blood pressure.
– enhances faster wound healing
– delays aging process
– aids in the production of adrenal “anti-stress” hormones
– promotes healthy teeth, gums, bones, cartilages and skin
– prevents recurrence of colds and ear infections
– enhances iron absorption preventing anemia
– treats male and female infertility. Vitamin C increases progesterone levels in women and stimulates ovulation and pregnancy. In male, vitamin C reduces sperm agglutination.
– anti-inflammatory activity. It relieves symptoms of asthma, arthritis and rheumatism.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS 

– anemia
– bleeding disorders: nose bleeding, gum bleeding, anemia
– delays healing process
– dry skin and hair splitting
– inflammation of gums and joints
– scurvy

NATURAL SOURCES: 

VITAMIN C FOOD SOURCES

VITAMIN C FOOD SOURCES

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