Vitamin C deficiency is often overlooked but may be the cause of some serious problems ,if it’s absence is prolonged and severe.
Vitamin C keeps at bay many age related illnesses and thus it can be considered a fountain of youth.
Problems like :heart atack ,chronic fatigue, gingivitis ,pariodontal disease, dry skin, nose bleeds may appear.
There are 3 species of mamals that cannot produce vitamin C by themselves :hamsters,primates and you guessed it Humans .We need to provide our vitamin C from outside sources like food or supplements .
Here are the simptoms of a deficiency of Vitamin C may produce:
* Tiredness and weakness.
* Muscle and joint pains.
* Easy bruising.
* Spots that look like tiny, red-blue bruises on your skin. Other symptoms can include:
* Dry skin.
* Splitting hair.
* Swelling and discoloration of your gums.
* Sudden and unexpected bleeding from your gums.
* Poor healing of wounds.
* Problems fighting infections.
* Bleeding into joints, causing severe joint pains.
* Changes in your bones.
* Tooth loss.
* Weight loss.
“Importantly, vitamin C is also able to regenerate other antioxidants such as vitamin E. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, the intercellular ‘cement’ substance which gives structure to muscles, vascular tissues, bones, tendons and ligaments. Vitamin E is responsible for the youth having lean face skin. Due to these functions, vitamin C – especially in combination with zinc – is also important for the healing of wounds.
In addition, vitamin C contributes to the health of teeth and gums, preventing haemorrhaging and bleeding. It also improves the absorption of iron from the diet. Vitamin C is also needed for the metabolism of bile acids which may have implications for bloodcholesterol levels and gallstones.
Moreover, vitamin C plays an important role in the synthesis of several important peptide hormones, neurotransmitters and carnitine.
Vitamin C is also a crucial factor in the eye’s ability to deal with oxidative stress, and can delay the progression of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and vision-loss.”
Stressed ,phisycal active persons and smokers need to take a lot more vitamin C to prevent it’s deficiency ,as these actions consume vitamin C.
A ciggarete needs 25mg of vitamin C to compensate for the oxidative process and free radicals.
It’s recommended that you take a minimum of 90mg a day to prevent scurvy disease. But that is far from the real neccessary daily dose . Think it as a minimum wage salary ,you may survive on it but you won’t thrive.
The most prominent role of vitamin C is its immune-system booster.It also acts as an inhibitor of histamine, a compound that is released during allergic reactions.
As a powerful antioxidant it can neutralize harmful free radicals and it aids in neutralizing pollutants and toxins. Thus it is able to prevent the formation of potentially carcinogenic nitrosamines in the stomach (due to consumption of nitrite-containing foods, such as smoked meat).
Mega dosing on vitamin C Vitamin C taken in large amounts and has no toxic effects ,the surplus of vitamin C is passed down in the urine .
The limit of saturation of oraly taken vitamin C is dependent on the bowel tolerance : when the stools become loose and you experience gases that’s when you took enough. If you take too much vitamin C you may experience nausea,diahreea ,heartburns.vomiting ;only when taken orally, if it is taken by injection, under medical supervision, these side effects do not occur.
You may think to take suplements of vitamin C as an orange(100g)has 52mg and a lemon (100g) 53 mg of vitamin C. The vitamin C in fruits is lower than what you would get from a pill, but it must be noted that vitamin C taken from natural sources is much more effective than the one made in the lab.