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Sources, Benefits And Deficiencies Of Vitamin C
A versatile Vitamin C is soluble in water and has anti oxidant properties. It is vital for the formation of collagen which is protein that is responsible for the building up of bones, muscles, cartilage and blood vessels. It helps the body to absorb iron faster and essential for healthy bones, capillaries and teeth.
Vitamin C also called as ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, the antiscorbutic vitamin, L-xyloascorbic acid. It helps to cure multiple diseases as simple as common cold to cancer. What is not known to many is that the body is unable to produce vitamin C and requires a constant dose of vitamin C to help its various functions.
The various benefits of Vitamin C are, it improves the immunity of the body. It is essential for the production of collagen in the connective tissues, synthesis of steroid hormones and for conversion of cholesterol into bile acids.
It is the best natural anti oxidant which helps the body to resist various pollutant and toxins. It helps in preventing the blood from clotting and bruising. It strengthens the wall of the blood vessel and the capillaries.
Vitamin C has a vital role in preventing degenerative disease like cancer and heart related disease. It is a biological reducing agent. The ascorbic acid aids development of new cells, absorption of calcium and healing of external wounds and burns. It keeps the gums healthy, prevents infection and arteriosclerosis and balances the cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Deficiency of vitamin C can cause hemorrhage, breaking of capillaries under the skin, low immunity to infection, bleeding gums, hypertension, strokes, cancer and multiple disorders associated to vitamin C deficiency. Edema or water retention can be due to shortage of Vitamin C and Scurvy can be cured only by supplementing the body with Vitamin C.
One needs to take at least 60 to 80mg of Vitamin C in their diet. Men need to take more than women. Bleeding gums, discoloration of skin, low immunity and slow healing are signs of vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C can be found in oranges, olives, broccoli, tomato, papaya strawberry, cauliflower and juices of citrus fruits. Goose berry is an excellent source of vitamin C. Cooking vegetables loses vitamin C, so eating fruits and vegetables partially cooked or fresh is recommended. Taking raw food is best way to get Vitamin C.