Facts About Vitamin C: An Overview of Vitamin C
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Facts About Vitamin C: An Overview of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the body. It promotes the health and provides vital health benefits. Lack of Vitamin C can cause many health problems and diseases. More importantly, Vitamin C helps to protect from cardiovascular diseases and cancers. It is also a very essential nutrient for the immune system. Here’s an overview of Vitamin C –one of the most important vitamins for the body.

Vitamin C is a very important vitamin for the health. It is also known as ascorbic acid and found in many fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is a strong anti-oxidant. It is an essential nutrient for the body cells, bones and blood vessels. This water soluble vitamin helps to protect many dangerous diseases. Human body cannot produce Vitamin C by itself so it is important have adequate amounts of Vitamin C from the regular diet. For collagen synthesis and for the maintenance of connective tissues, Vitamin C is a vital vitamin. Lack of collagen protein leads to scurvy; that is why Vitamin C is closely associated with the disease scurvy.

Vitamin C deficiency is a not very common condition. But in case of Vitamin C deficiency body can face some real health problems. Some of the symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency are fatigue, weak immune system, dry skin& hair, frequent cold, infection, muscle aches, respiratory tract problem and mood swings. Because Vitamin C is very widely available in many fruits and vegetables, a healthy & well balanced diet can treat Vitamin C deficiency quite easily.

Vitamin C is a very important nutrient for the heart. Anti-oxidant properties of Vitamin C prevent the oxidation of LDL and also protect the blood cells from oxidative damage. Vitamin C is known for preventing oxidative DNA damage. Vitamin C plays an important role in cholesterol metabolism. This water soluble vitamin helps to lower the bad cholesterol levels or LDL and raises the good cholesterol levels or HDL. In this way it protects heart from many dangerous diseases and heart attack. By preventing cells from oxidative damages Vitamin C also helps to lower the chances of developing cancers.  Vitamin C is a very important vitamin for producing neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine.

Vitamin C is good for the eye and vision. Good amounts of Vitamin C can protect eyes from the cataracts. It is an important vitamin for the immune system as it boosts the immune system. Also, it is an important nutrient for body’s detoxification process. It helps to flush out toxins from the body. Another function of Vitamin C is that it protects from bacteria and viruses. It strengthens body’s immune system against cold, flu, infection and other bacterial or viral problems. In the situation of extreme deficiency of Vitamin C scurvy can occur.

In addition, Vitamin C is very important in the prevention and treatment of irritable bowel disease, asthma, diabetes, acne, depression and Alzheimer's disease.

Some of the excellent and easily available sources of Vitamin C are bell peppers, parsley, kale, cabbage, turnip greens, mustard greens, green beans, spinach, pineapple, oranges, watermelon, strawberries, kiwifruit, grapefruit and cucumber.

Smoking destroys Vitamin C contents of the body. Around 25 milligrams of vitamin C per cigarette is used from the body.  Smokers are always in a danger of developing Vitamin C deficiency. So, it is evident that people who smoke need much more Vitamin C intake than non-smokers.

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Great overview and very helpfull

Empressive and informative read. Thanks too for supporting. much appreciated