As far as humans go, the C Vitamin is indispensable. The English learned this long ago in the prevention of scurvy, by the use of limes given to sailors at sea. Out bodies need vitamin c for a variety of reasons and deficiency can cuase numerous problems.
Lets look at vitamin c in more detail
What is the C Vitamin Made of?
C Vitamin is water soluble that we need for growth and repair of tissues in every part of our body. C Vitamin is responsible in collagen formation (and very important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, scar tissue and blood vessels).
C Vitamin is crucial for wound healing, and the daily maintenance and repair of our bones, teeth, and cartilage.
C Vitamin is basically another name for ascorbic acid. Many animals (except rats and primates) make their own. However, as it’s so necessary, the C Vitamin is an indispensable element of our daily diet.
What does the C Vitamin do?
Basically, the C Vitamin is used by the body in the electron transport chain, and specifically the one that produces ATP. As regards wound healing, the C Vitamin is involved in connective tissue, and its connective tissue that is called to action in any wound (tissue and remodeling). Also, as collagen is present in the organic matrix of bone tissue, the C Vitamin is essential there too.
Technically, the C Vitamin is involved also in many other metabolic reactions. Some of these, but not all, are the catabolism of tyrosine (and later the synthesis of epinephrine from tyrosine), and later the acids of the bile.
The C Vitamin is even more important than most people may imagine. For example, the essential formation of steroids (from the adrenal cortex) reveals high levels of the C Vitamin. These are later depleted with ACTH (adreno-corticotropic hormones) stimulation of the adrenal cortex (and adrenaline).
What Are the Symptoms of C Vitamin Deficiency?
The worst, it seems is the disease scurvy (cured by Lord Lister by the administration of limes in the diets of English sailors). However, there are minor to major symptoms of C Vitamin deficiency, which include gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), very dry, splitting and falling hair, dry and scaly skin, nose bleeding, very easy bruising and swollen and painful joints.
For more serious symptoms you can have anemia, very decreased wound healing, easy weight gain, and a very decreased immune system.
How Much of the C Vitamin Should You Take? A good recommended dose (after consulting a doctor, naturally) would be between 500 mg and 1000 mg daily. They can be found in tablets, but you can also get all you need from food.
Many fruits and vegetables have all the C Vitamin you need to stay healthy. These can be found in all citric fruits, but other foods, like the kiwi have huge amounts of available C Vitamin.
Also, eat fresh (raw as the C Vitamin is destroyed by heat) green peppers, watermelon, grapefruit, any yellow melon, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, any forest berry (cranberry, blue berries, raspberry, etc) pineapple, turnip greens, mustard greens, and brussel sprouts.
Are Tablets OK too?
Yes they are, but naturally, fresh food is more advisable. Choose a buffered form of the C Vitamin, as its absorption is better, and will not upset your stomach. Some companies add bioflavonoids to their C Vitamin mix to make it even more potent.
Remember, you need more of the C Vitamin if you are ill, wounded, or run down. Try to get it from foods rich in the C Vitamin as mention above.
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