Many people call vitamin C "the master nutrient" because
its actions are so extensive and so diverse. Vitamin C is involved in so
many biochemical pathways that a deficiency can produce a multitude of
disorders. A recent study published in Seminars in Preventive and
Alternative Medicine that looked at over 100 studies over 10 years revealed
a growing list of benefits of vitamin C.
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"Vitamin C has received a great deal of attention, and with good reason.
Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for
overall health," says study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the
University of Michigan. "The more we study vitamin C, the better our
understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, from
cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, eye health [and] immunity to living
"But," Moyad notes, "the ideal dosage may be higher than the recommended
Vitamin C helps thyroid hormone production and the metabolism of folic
acid, tyrosine, and tryptophan, and it stimulates our adrenal function and
the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine, which are stress hormones.
However, prolonged stress depletes Vitamin C in the adrenals and decreases
Ascorbic acid is important in cellular immune functions, where it may be
helpful against bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases. At higher amounts,
Vitamin C may decrease the production of histamine, thereby reducing
Still more benefits of vitamin C -
The list of the benefits of vitamin C is a long one.
Vitamin C helps the absorption of iron (particularly the vegetable, or
non-heme form), so it is helpful for iron- deficiency anemia. Other
conditions that benefit from ascorbic acid, metabolism include diabetes
(for insulin production), certain cases of male infertility, as well as
arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, cataracts, glaucoma, and musculoskeletal
degeneration (mostly by Vitamin C keeping calcium soluble and preventing it
from going too high.
Physicians and scientists have long wondered how scurvy - a simple vitamin
deficiency - can cause so much to go wrong in the body. The gruesome
symptoms include loosened joints, bleeding gums, psychotic disorders, black
and blue spots, and broken capillaries, just to name a few which occur
before death. Now we are beginning to understand: it is not only what
reactions vitamin C is directly involved in, but also what it is indirectly involved in that's important to stay healthy.
Helps with healthy teeth, gums & bones; helps heal wounds, scar tissue, and fractures; prevents scurvy; builds resistance to infection; aids in the
prevention and treatment of the common cold; gives strength to blood
vessels; aids in the absorption of iron*
Recently, we have begun to understand two additional functions of vitamin
C. These functions are reviewed by Dr. Harish Padh at the University of
The first new realization involves vitamin C's role as an antioxidant in
terms of protecting body components by scavenging free radicals. Now we're
finding out that vitamin C is an antioxidant in the sense that it keeps the
mineral portion of certain enzymes in their proper reduced electronic
Minerals such as iron and copper are key components of hundreds of enzymes.
Enzymes control body chemistry, and nearly every type of reaction in the
body requires a specific enzyme. Enzymes that depend on iron and copper
won't work if these minerals are oxidized to a higher electronic state.
What Vitamin C does is to restore this required electronic state and thus
rejuvenate oxidized enzymes.
Dr. Padh concludes, "The available data suggest that perhaps the most
significant role of ascorbate is as a reductant that, along with other
reducing agents minimize damage by oxidative processes. This role includes
keeping the iron and copper ions of some enzymes in their required reduced
form and in neutralizing harmful oxidants and free radicals."
With this new comprehension, we will be able to understand much more about
how vitamin C affects such diverse body functions.
When you add to this new comprehension that cells can hold and use more
Vitamin C than previously thought, all of a sudden we can begin to explain
how megavitamin levels of vitamin C work.
The concentration of ascorbic acid in cells could be as high as several
millimolar, considerably higher than previous estimates. This applies to
human peripheral mononuclear leukocytes, B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes
The report also states, "The new data comes after learning that neutrophils
appear to have both low- and high-affinity membrane transporters for
ascorbic acid... Having two transport systems of different affinities and
capacities give cells the flexibility to respond and adjust to quite
different extracellular concentrations of the vitamin."
The problem was that the old way of measuring vitamin C content and uptake
of cells was wrong. The analytical methods were lacking speed and precision
and were less sensitive. Now we know that cells of the immune system can
hold considerably more than once believed. In addition, we now learn that
cells have two mechanisms of vitamin C uptake. There must be a reason! This
will open the minds of more medical researchers.
As long ago as 1971, the importance of vitamin C to the immune system was
known. Drs. Lawrence DeChatelet, Charles McCall, and Robert Cooper reported
vitamin C stimulated increased activity of white blood fells. Without
copious amounts of vitamin C, engulfment of bacteria by white cells can
take place, but they can't break down the bacteria as effectively.
Vitamin C- Facts
Vitamin C’s a vitamin that’s water-soluble; crucial on an everyday
basis for one’s body.
The key micronutrient that boosts up one’s immune system; it can’t be
stored within the body similar to the other vitamins that are
fat-soluble (like A, E, D, & K).
Ascorbic acid’s used as a food preservative as it’s reasonably priced
and it doesn’t meddle with the flavor of food that’s processed. This
determines adequate delivery of vitamins into one’s body by means of
food that’s processed.
Raw vegetables and fruits must be consumed as and when possible. They
must be refrigerated inside air-tight containers.
This vitamin is effortlessly washed out throughout the preparation of
food and its storage. Therefore, care must be taken when you are
chopping, boiling, and cooking the food in order to evade the aggrandizement
of a specific process.
The amount of Vitamin C’s extremely high in the majority of foods;
therefore processed foodstuff still has the potential to guarantee the
daily-recommended delivery of vitamin C.
If you cook soda, it destroys Vitamin C because of its alkalinity.
Vitamin C- Functional Benefits
Ascorbic acid plays an essential role in collagen synthesis which
strengthens blood vessels, bones, and ligaments.
It takes steps against the free radicals through its oxidant-defiant
properties and as a result aids in preserving and repair of tissues in
Essential for healthy teeth and gums.
Aids in the emission of the adrenal hormones
Augments calcium and iron absorption
Efficient antiviral agent
Takes steps in improving immunity and fighting against infections
Puts off arteriosclerosis
Facts Regarding a Vitamin C Deficiency
Placid deficiencies source fatigue, swollen gums, lack of energy, and nose
bleeding. A fatal ailment attributable to an unpleasant deficiency of Vitamin
C is Scurvy. It takes into account the subsequent symptoms:
Joint soreness and swelling
Delayed injury healing
Deficiency Symptoms in Adults and Children
A vitamin C deficiency can result in a dangerous disease called scurvy.
Swelling of body, pain in the joints, bruising or bleeding very easily, and
hair loss are common symptoms of scurvy.
These symptoms are signs that blood vessels in the body have lost their
strength and also signal a loss of collagen from the body. However, scurvy
occurs when a person has a vitamin C deficiency for a substantially long
period like 2 to 3 months. It is true that early signs are not very
indicative of the disease, but one can always consume foodstuffs with a
high vitamin C content to cure the disease.
When a person's body becomes deficient in vitamin C, it can also lead to
thyroid-related problems and premature aging. The human body's immune
system also gets depleted and as a result, various toxic substances become
even more dangerous.
The deficiency symptoms in children are more or less similar, apart from
the fact that their bone growth may be impaired. This problem is more
common among infants and growing children.
Symptoms of a Vitamin C Deficiency
Vitamin C deficiency creates neurological problems
A recent study conducted at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center,
Department of Neuroscience in Nashville, Tennessee, and recorded in the
Journal of Neurochemistry October 2012, came up with some interesting
They used mice that were genetically engineered to deactivate the genes
that normally provide their own vitamin C. Of course, those mice are kept
alive and healthy by externally providing them vitamin C with ascorbic acid
But for the purposes of this study, they created periods of not providing
AA and then reintroducing it. Before and after each period, blood samples
were taken. During each deprivation period, behavioral patterns were
observed and noted.
Depressive and submissive behavior was noted during the initial absence of
AA. Compulsions for consuming glucose above all other food types were
After depriving the mice of AA a second time, blood samples indicated "...
decreased blood glucose levels, oxidative damage to lipids and proteins in
the cortex, and decreases in dopamine and serotonin metabolites in both the
cortex and striatum." In other words, neurological damage.
The miraculous results of IV mega-dose vitamin C or liposomal high cellular
absorption vitamin C have been achieved by orthomolecular medical MDs who
have used mega-dose minerals and vitamins for decades, resolving extreme
physiological and psychological problems.
Vitamin C's major role is to make collagen, the main protein substance of
the human body that holds connective tissues together in skin, bone, teeth,
and other parts of the body. Vitamin C is also critical for the proper
function of our immune system, for manufacturing certain nerve transmitting
substances and hormones, and for the absorption and utilization of other
nutrients, such as Vitamin E and Iron. Vitamin C is also a very important
and powerful antioxidant that works in the aqueous (water) environments of
the body, such as the lungs and the lens of the eye. Its primary antioxidant
partners are Vitamin E and the carotenes, as well as working along with the
antioxidant enzymes. Vitamin C regenerates oxidized Vitamin E, and restores
the antioxidant potential of Vitamin E in the body. Chewable Vitamin C is
recommended to be part of a daily regimen.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that functions as a powerful
antioxidant. Acting as an antioxidant, one of vitamin C's important
functions is to protect LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage. (Only when
LDL is damaged, does cholesterol appear to lead to heart disease, and
vitamin C may be the most important antioxidant protector of LDL.)
Vitamin C is needed to make collagen, the “glue” that strengthens many
parts of the body, such as muscles and blood vessels. Vitamin C also plays
important role in wound healing and is a natural antihistamine. This
vitamin also aids in the formation of liver bile and helps to fight viruses
and to detoxify alcohol and other substances.
Although vitamin C appears to have only a small effect in preventing the
common cold, it reduces the duration and severity of a cold. Large amounts
of vitamin C (e.g., 1-8 grams daily) taken at the onset of a cold episode
shorten the duration of illness by an average of 23%.
Recently, researchers have shown that vitamin C improves nitric oxide
activity. Nitric oxide is needed for the dilation of blood vessels,
potentially important in lowering blood pressure and preventing spasms of
arteries in the heart that might otherwise lead to heart attacks. Vitamin C
has reversed the dysfunction of cells lining blood vessels. The
normalization of the functioning of these cells may be linked to the
prevention of heart disease.
Evidence indicates that vitamin C levels in the eye decrease with age and
that supplementing with vitamin C prevents this decrease, leading to a
lower risk of developing cataracts. Healthy people have been reported to be
more likely to take vitamin C and vitamin E supplements than those with
cataracts in some, but not all, studies.
Vitamin C has been reported to reduce the activity of the enzyme aldose
reductase in people. Aldose reductase is the enzyme responsible for the
accumulation of sorbitol in the eyes, nerves, and kidneys of people with
diabetes. This accumulation is believed to be responsible for the
deterioration of these parts of the body associated with diabetes.
Therefore, interference with the activity of aldose reductase theoretically
helps protect people with diabetes.
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