I think I’ve taking vitamin C for my whole life, or at least ever since I could chew a chewable vitamin. I remember my brother would always tell me it was a sweet tart, like I didn’t know the difference.
I think vitamin C is the most familiar vitamin. You mention that you don’t feel well and the first thing everyone says to you is “Take a vitamin C.” I’m sure most families in the U.S. have a bottle of it some where in their house. So many people take vitamin C, do they really know what all it does for them? I didn’t!
I’ll be honest, I’ve always taken vitamin C to prevent colds and never really thought about what else it does. As I started my research into the vitamin I was pleasantly surprised learn all this wonderful little vitamin does for me.
- C is an extremely important antioxidant; as an antioxidant the reduces the damage caused by free radicals
- reduces inflammation by getting rid of free radicals
- helps controlling infection
- reduces asthma reactions, or a least makes asthmatic reaction milder
- reduces fatigue
- maintains homeostasis
- eases gingival inflammation and bleeding
- reduces periodontal pockets (yeah, because I hate when they poke around in my gums)
In my research I also learned that we are one of the few mammals that doesn’t’ produce our own vitamin C. When an animal is stressed it produces more vitamin C. Stress can cause vitamin C deficiency in humans. No where did I read that taking vitamin C reduces stress but after reading the last two statements I don’t think taking a little extra when there is extra stress in my life is going to hurt. So how much vitamin C should a person take? Everything I read suggested 500-1000 mg a day but those with medical condition could benefit from 2000-5000 a day! So go dig out that bottle of vitamin C buried in the back of your medicine cabinet, throw it away, and go get new bottle and start taking it today!
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