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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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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 longer."
"But," Moyad notes, "the ideal dosage may be higher than the
recommended dietary allowance."
C helps thyroid hormone production and the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine,
and tryptophan, and it stimulates the adrenal function and the release of
norepinephrine and epinephrine, which are stress hormones. However,
prolonged stress depletes Vitamin C in the adrenals and decreases blood
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 allergy potential.*
more benefits of vitamin C - The list of the benefits of vitamin C is a
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.
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 staying 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
have begun to understand two additional functions of vitamin C. These functions
are reviewed by Dr. Harish Padh the University of Chicago .
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 state.
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."
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 (T-cells).
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 Uptake
L-threonic acid or its calcium salt, calcium threonate increases vitamin
C uptake of cells. Dr. Anthony Veriangierl of the University of Mississippi has
studied this phenomenon in several ways. His recent study comparing calcium
threonate with ascorbic acid confirms earlier studies showing that the
metabolite makes vitamin C more potent, i.e., more ascorbate activity is
provided within the cells. Essentially, with calcium, vitamin C has been shown
to be absorbed more quickly, reach higher levels and is excreted more slowly.
Now the studies confirm that the vitamin C uptake of the cells is greater with
the metabolite L-threonic acid present.
Dr. Veriangieri has shown that adding L-threonic acid to ascorbic acid or
calcium ascorbate results in the same improved vitamin C activity as provided
with calcium threonate. Additionally, he has shown that in a special breed of
laboratory rat called the Osteogenic Disorder Shionogi (ODS) rat, calcium
threonate is four to five times more effective than ascorbic acid in preventing
scurvy. This is the accepted method for measuring vitamin C activity.
The ODS rats do not manufacture Vitamin C in their bodies. Thus, they have
the same genetic handicap that humans do. For this reason, ODS rats may replace
guinea pigs for studying vitamin C.
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 aggrandizement of a specific process.
- The amount of Vitamin C’s extremely high in the majority 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 the 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 the body.
- 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
- Lowers cholesterol
Facts Regarding a Vitamin C Deficiency
Placid deficiencies source fatigue, swollen gums, lack in energy, and nose bleeding. A fatal ailment attributable to unpleasant deficiency of Vitamin C is Scurvy. It takes in account the subsequent symptoms:
- Easy bruising
- Skin hemorrhages
- Loose teeth
- Joint soreness and swelling
- Bleeding gums
- Dry skin
- Delayed injury healing
- Hair loss
- Chronic anemia
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 observations.
They used mice which 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 (AA).
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 observed.
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 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 roles in wound healing and as 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 spasm 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 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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