Why You Should Take Your Vitamin C
"Vitamin C plays an essential role in maintaining good health," says Balz Frei, PhD, a leading vitamin C researcher and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis. "It's required for life."
Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for health. It helps form and maintain bones, skin, and blood vessels; and protects our body from damage. It occurs naturally in some foods, especially, fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, the body is not able to make vitamin C on its own, and it does not store vitamin C. It is therefore important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in your daily diet.
Here are 6 reasons benefits you may not have known, but need to know...
- It Helps You Lose Weight. According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, your body will burn 30 percent more fat during moderate exercise when your vitamin C levels are adequate, as compared to someone with low levels of the vitamin.
- It Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Several studies have found a relationship between adequate vitamin C and lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and lower incidences of stroke.
- It Protects Your Skin. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C and its role in collagen synthesis makes vitamin C essential for skin health. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, consuming and using topical vitamin C has been shown to benefit skin - some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat sun damage from UV rays.
- It Reduces Inflammation. Vitamin C fights free radicals, helping your body heal from the inflammation that it battles daily.
- It May Shorten the Length of a Cold. Vitamin C is one of many nutrients our immune system needs to function at its best. A stronger immune system means fewer sick days and recovering faster when we do get sick.
- It May Help Fight Cancer. As an antioxidant, high doses of vitamin C have been found to reduce the speed of growth of some types of cancerous tissue. Researchers have proposed using vitamin C in cancer patients whose treatment options are limited. "Research currently underway has shown that high concentrations of vitamin C can stop the growth, or even kill a wide range of cancer cells. Only intravenous administration of vitamin C can deliver the high doses found to be effective against cancer." Dr. Ronald Hoffman
How much should you take? A low end, adult males should consume 90 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day and females should consume 75 mg per day, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During pregnancy, women should have 85 mg a day, and 120 mg while breastfeeding.
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