Vitamin C [asorbic acid, cevitamin acid]
Most of us know that Vitamin C is great for fighting off colds but did you know that Vitamin C plays a primary role in the formation of collagen? Or that Vitamin C helps the bodies absorbtion of Iron?A typical western diet will already supply ample amounts of vitamin C. However, smokers, city dwellers, people who take Aspirin regularly, and women taking the contraceptive pill may need to increase their intake. Large increases in Vitamin C can alter test results from blood or urine, so remember to tell your doctor if you are taking extra supplements.
What Vitamin C can do for you
- Heal wounds, burns and bleeding gums
- Accelerate healing after surgery
- Help in decreasing blood cholesterol
- Aid in preventing many types of viral and bacterial infections
- Act as a natural laxativeLower incidence of blood clots in veins
- Aid in treatment and prevention of the common cold
- Extend life by enabling protein cells to hold together
- Reduce effects of many allergy-producing substances
Too Much or too Little? Extra vitamin C should not be taken by cancer patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. Too much consumption of vitamin C diarrhoea, excess urination, skin rashes and kidney stones. Vitamin C deficiency disease is Scurvy.
Best Natural Food Sources: Citrus fruits, berries, green and leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cauliflower, potatoes and sweet potatoes.
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