Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Immunity Booster (against colds and flu) • Male Fertility Enhancer

Potent Antioxidant • Anti-cancer (preventive)

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VITAMIN C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin. Even though vitamin C is taken by more people than any other supplement. Yet studies show that a large percentage of the population have deficiencies in this vitamin. It is an important antioxidant.

Vitamin C also helps to boost immunity. It does this by:
1) Increasing the production of B and T cells and other white blood cells involved in our bodies’ natural defences.
2) Increasing antibody (immunoglobulin) responses.
3) Increasing the level of antiviral interferon molecules.

Histamines trigger the flu symptoms such as sneezing & coughing. Histamines are the culprits that make life uncomfortable when we catch a cold. Vitamin C is able to reduce the level of histamines in the blood, thus alleviating the severity of the flu symptoms.

Cancer prevention properties: Although stomach juices are an integral part of the digestive process, it also promotes potentially cancerous changes in the stomach cells. Researchers in the United Kingdom have found out that vitamin C in the stomach is able to reduce by almost 50%, the changes in cells that typically lead to stomach cancer

Due to vitamin C’s important role in the body’s manufacture of collagen (the protein ‘glue’ that holds connective tissues and bone together. There is a general belief that vitamin C is able to speed wound healing. Although little research has been conducted to support this claim.

Sperm cells can sometimes clump together limiting the sperms’ mobility –limiting the sperms ability to swim to the egg. Researchers have found that vitamin C is able to unclump these sperms, freeing them to do their job. A study done on 35 infertile males resulted in 12 of these males conceiving with their partners.

Benefits
• Prevents scurvy.
• Significantly reduces the severity of colds.
• Antioxidant - protects LDL cholesterol from free radical damage.
• Lowers blood cholesterol.
• Aids in the absorption of iron (from vegetables).
• Reverses pre-cancerous conditions (but not inhibit established advanced cancer).
• Maintains healthy bones, teeth, and sex organs.
• Helps in collagen formation (maintains healthy connective tissue and bone).
• Aids wound healing.
• Natural antihistamine actions.
• Helps manage asthma. May help to overcome male infertility.
• Protect the eye lens from anti-oxidative damage.
• Working with vitamin E, slows the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
• Improve blood sugar control in diabetics.
• Helps male fertility.

Negatives
May cause diarrhoea, loose motions, bowel discomfort and abdominal cramps. However, vitamin C tolerances vary from individual to individual. If these problems arise, a simple solution is to cut back on intake until symptoms clear.

Deficiency symptoms
• Reduced immune function.
• Weakness.
• Irritability.
• Scurvy.
• Male infertility.
• Poor healing ability
• Irritability.
• Bleeding gums
• Bruise easily
• Loose teeth
• Joint pain
• Scurvy.


Vitamin C deficiency also leads to the weakening of the blood vessels, connective tissue and bone. Resulting in: Easy bruising. Poor healing ability. Bleeding gums. Loose teeth. Joint pain. Scurvy.

Food sources
Fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) & vegetables. Apples. Kiwi fruit. Rosehips. Blackcurrants. Raspberries. Green pepper. Broccoli. Brussels sprouts. Cauliflower. Cabbage. Tomatoes.

Best source: citrus fruits (eg. Oranges & lemons).

U.S. RDA : 60mg for adults.
EU RDA: 60mg

Supplementation up to 3,000mg is ok.

Smokers should take at least 1,000mg daily. Smoking reduces Vitamin C in the blood by as much as 40%. (25mg is depleted with every cigarette).

Water soluble – so it is not stored in significant quantities in the body and must be replaced continuously. Best taken in smaller quantities over the day rather than all in one go.

Nutrient Destroyers
Stress. Trauma. Sugar. Tobacco. Antibiotics. Fever. Aspirin. Antacids. Contraceptive pill. Cortisone.

>> more info on nutrient destroyers

Toxicity
May cause kidney stones and gout in some individuals.

Caution
Avoid taking Vitamin C with inorganic selenium. Do NOT take with aspirin as this may increase the bleeding and intestinal irritation associated with aspirin. If you have been taking vitamin C for long periods of time and plan to quit. Taper off slowly (over a few days). Scurvy has been reported in some cases where individuals who were taking large doses abruptly discontinued supplementation.

   

 

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