For those interested in the facts on vitamin C, this article will provide what you're seeking...
Daniels, who has been professionally writing and
editing technical non-fiction articles and publications for over 3
C is possibly one of the most known and controversial vitamins that
exists. It has been widely used discussed and studied. Here are the
highlights of what has been learned.
Active in the formation of collagen, needed for cells, blood vessels, gums, bones and teeth
Enhances protection against carcinogenic agents
Helps lower cholesterol in the blood
Helps body absorb iron
Used up more rapidly when body is under stress
Helps in bone and tooth formation
Increases blood vessel strength, immunity and adrenal secretions
Inhibits nitrosamines--or substances which cause cancer--from forming
Makes drugs used in treating urinary tract infections more effective
Vitamin C is not stored in the body and any excess is rapidly eliminated in the body's urine.
Most animals except humans, apes and guinea pigs synthesize their own Vitamin C
Helps digestion, iron absorption and cell respiration
Acts as a natural laxative
Carbon monoxide destroys vitamin C
Promotes more rapid healing after surgery
Reduces the effects of allergenic substances
Helps in healing bleeding gums, wounds and burns
Reduces the formation of blood clots in vein
Aids in collagen and red blood cell production
Is water soluable
Heat, light and cooking destroy vitamin C.
Smokers and older people also can benefit from extra vitamin C.
Most vitamin C which is not used is excreted within 2 to 3 hours of being eaten. Timed release supplements may help avoid this.
tests can be affected by large amounts of vitamin C. Make your doctor
aware if you are using vitamin C supplements when having tests done
A magnesium supplement may be advisable if you are taking more than 750 mgs of vitamin C a day
Bioflavinoids and calcium help in absorbing vitamin C
Aspirin may greately increase the excretion rate of vitamin C.
Foods and herbs where vitamin C is found (in no particular order):
Side effects which are suspected to be caused by excessive consumption of vitamin C in concentrated supplemental form.
Decreased Vitamin B12 absorption.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)or blood clots in the deep veins of the legs.
Diarrhea. Vitamin C helps prevent constipation hence excessive amounts may produce "the runs".
Erosion of Teeth. Too much citric acid upon the teeth can erode the enamel.
Gastritis. This can lead to ulcers or acid reflux.
Vitamin C is likely the most used vitamin supplement largely because
in most of the foods with this vitamin, the cooking and processing tends to
Supplements are available in virtually any form which can be
imagined: tablets: liquids, timed-release pills, powders, chewable
tablets and even injections.
Forms which can be swallowed may be tablets or capsules which, typically, could
contain up to 1000 milligrams each. Currently the minimum requirement
each day (MDA) is considered to be 2,500 mg with a maximum daily intake
of 40,000 mg.
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