Vitamin C: The Benefits

How Does Vitamin C Help You?Vitamin C | Oranges

It’s well known that Vitamin C helps fight the common cold and helps keep your immune system up, but there are other great benefits that it can help your body with. Vitamin C can help lower blood pressure, blood vessel dilation, lowers blood lead levels, & eye functionality.

Lower Blood Pressure: With lower blood pressure you reduce the probability of hypertension, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart attack, or even a stroke.

 

Blood Vessel Dilation: Properly dilated blood vessels an help prevent  diseases like atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, angina pectoris (inadequate supply of blood to the heart), and stroke.

Lead Levels: A low level of lead exposure to adults isn’t dangerous, but in infants and developing children a small amount can be extremely harmful. Some possible complications include behavior or attention problems, hearing problems, kidney damage, and slowed body growth. Seizures, coma, and death can happen at higher levels of exposure.

Eye functionality: Without vitamin C your chances of forming cataracts and vision loss from macular degeneration greatly increase. Some studies show that long-term consumption and a higher intake of vitamin C may reduce and fight these diseases.

Information gathered from: Healthdiaries.com

Neurology.org

Kidshealth.org

Nlm.nih.gov

Allabouthvision.com

Vitamin C: A Must Have

 Cold & Flu Season, Time To Boost Your  Immune System

Cold and flu season are in full swing. Although it is unclear exactly how beneficial it is to ward off nasty viruses, vitamin C-rich orange juice is a great start in keeping you healthy.  It’s not hard to reach your daily quota in terms of vitamin C requirements as long as you eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. So what’s the best source of vitamin C?  From highest to lowest they are as follows:

Vitamin C| Fruit


          Red bell peppers

          Broccoli

          Kiwi frui

          Oranges

There may be other latent benefits to getting a good daily dose of vitamin C – however the scientific research is ongoing. Concurrent vitamin C may aid in the absorption of iron dietary. There is evidence that it may reduce the risk of cartilage loss and disease progression such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It has been suggested that low levels of vitamin C may increase the risk of developing asthma.

It seems the most popular belief is that vitamin C prevents the onset of the common cold, or that it actually shortens the duration of a cold. So far, significant benefits have not been observed. However, in subsets of studies of people living in extreme climates or under extraordinary conditions, studies show vitamin C may reduce their risk of developing colds by approximately 50%.  Personally, I think it’s worth a try!

Excerpts taken from mayoclinic.com/health/vitamins