Most of us know that Vitamin C is good for us – we buy supplements, we consume fruits and drinks rich in it. But exactly how and why is it good?
It is commonly known that Vitamin C can help with colds. However, some studies could only confirm that extra vitamin C may shorten the duration of a cold and making the symptoms more mild only. For example, in 2004, a group of Australian researchers found a consistent benefit in adults – a reduction in cold duration of eight percent. Nonetheless, vitamin C (or ascorbic acid) is an essential nutrient which is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body.
For example, Vitamin C helps produce collagen – a connective tissue that holds muscles, bones and other tissues together It also helps your body absorb iron and folate from plant food sources. Vitamin C keeps your gums healthy and helps heal cuts. The well-established fact is that this vitamin works as an antioxidant to inhibit damage to body cells. In particular, it protects your blood vessels’ walls against damage by oxidative stress which leads to inflammation and arterial plague development. The resent experiments also suggest that ascorbic acid has an important role in the maintenance of adequate cellular levels of glutathione – the key antioxidant produced by our body. Hence, glutathione and vitamin C show a strong functional interdependence.
In addition to all above-mentioned, one of the most important benefits of vitamin C is that it protects you from infection by stimulating the formation of antibodies. The most recent discovery was made in May 2013 by a team of researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York who made the accidental finding while researching how tuberculosis (TB) bacteria become resistant to the TB drug isoniazid. Scientists managed to kill lab-grown tuberculosis bacteria with “good old Vitamin C” and hope that this will provide a new mechanism we can exploit to treat TB.
This vitamin also proved to be helpful in people with high cholesterol, cataracts, diabetes, periodontal disease, allergies and asthma.
It appears that Vitamin C did matter when it came to maintenance of overall health for you and your family members. Vitamin C is non-toxic because you eliminate excessive amounts through your urine. Dietary sources include fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits such as oranges. It’s also popular in supplement form.
The following sprays contain Vitamin C as their key ingredient (click on images to read more)