Micro-Nutrients – Vitamin-C (or Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin-C is Most Abundant Water-Soluble Anti-oxidant in the Body (Which Implies Body Doesn’t Store it, It Must be in-taken on daily basis via our Daily Diet, Though Most Other Animals are able to synthesise Vitamin-C in their own body). Vitamin-C acts on Cellular Level, Fights Anti-Oxidants Due Pollutants-Smoking etc. Assists Returning Vitamin-E to its Active-Original Form.

Research Reports on Cancer: Various Reports have Correlated High Vitamin-C Intake to The Low rates of Cancer (Especially of Mouth, Larynx and Oesophagus).

What Vitamin C is: It performs following functions in the Body:

  • Growth & Repair of tissues all over The Body,
  • Helps making Protein Collagen (The Protein makes our Skin, Cartilages, Tendons, Ligaments, Blood Vessels etc.),
  • Helps Healing of Wounds,
  • Maintenance of Bones & Teeth,
  • Helps Body absorb Iron from Plant Sources (Hmm…& so we add lemon to our Pulses & vegetables!),
  • It is an Anti-Oxidant (Along with Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene…) and Blocks Damage caused by Free-Radicals (Ageing Process, Deteriorating Bone Health, Heart Ailments, Various cancers),
  • Helps synthesise Neurotransmitters in our Body…

Reasons for Shortage of Vitamin C: Bad Lifestyle & Eating Habits (Heavily white Sugar laden foods-soft drinks…), Extreme Stress-Anxiety in Life, Being awake late night, Smoking lowers amount of Vitamin C in The Body, Side-Effects of many of ‘The Modern Medicines’ (Including Contraceptive Pills, Anti-Inflammatory Medicines, Chronic consumption of Aspirin…).

Vitamin C Deficiency may lead to (Symptoms Include):

  • Dry & Splitting hair,
  • Gingivitis (Inflammation of Gums – Bleeding Gums),
  • Rough, Dry & Scaly Skin,
  • Wound Heals a Slow Rate,
  • Nose-Bleeding,
  • Low Immunity,
  • Frequent Cough & Cold & Other Allergies,
  • Osteo-Arthritis,
  • Cardiovascular Disorders (Atherosclerosis),
  • Few Cancers (Including Skin Cancer, Cervical Cancer…),
  • Breathing Problems (Including vitamin-C),
  • Neurological-Mental Disorders (Anxiety-Stroke…)…

Severe Vitamin-C Deficiency causes Scurvy.

There have been studies which link Vitamin C Deficiency with Following Conditions:

  • High Blood Pressure (Including Stroke, High Blood Sugar Leading to Diabetes),
  • Atherosclerosis (Hardening of Arteries),
  • Built-up of Plaque in Blood Vessels – This may lead to Heart Attack & Stroke,
  • Gall Bladder Ailments (Including Stones),
  • Various Cancers…

Rich Source of Vitamin C:

Plant Sources:           Broccoli, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Raw-cooked Leafy green vegetables (Spinach, Turnip Greens…), Potatoes, Corn…

Spices Sources:          Red & Green Peppers,

Fruit Sources:            Citrus Fruits (Grapes, Oranges, Strawberries), Water-Melon, Papaya, Grapefruit, Musk-Melon, Strawberries, Kiwi, mangoes, Raspberries, Pineapple, Pomegranates, Banana,

My View it is best to Avoid Synthetic Supplements and Only Go in For Organic Sources.

Vitamin C is sensitive to Light, Air & Heat.

Interesting thing I read on Net/Research Reports/Testimonials, use of Vitamin-C (Ascorbic Acid) has been in use since 1930’s for cancer cases, including intravenous usage.

Daily Recommended Values:

Adults: Ranges from 75 to 125 mg/Day.

An interesting fact is that even at high doses (> 2g/Day) it does not seem to cause any serious side-effect on the body and the excess amount is simply excreted out from the body.

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