Vitamin C plays a major role in the growth and repair of tissues in all the parts of body. The vitamin C is needed in the formation of an important protein which is used to make skin, ligaments and blood vessels. It heals wounds and helps to repair and maintain cartilage, bones and teeth.
Vitamin C is one of the antioxidant which will block the damages caused by the free radicals. Free radicals buildup is largely responsible for aging process which occurs when the body breaks down food or when exposed to tobacco, smoke or radiation. And also these free radicals are also responsible for cancer, heart diseases and arthritis conditions. Regular intake of Vitamin C will help to overcome the effects of free radicals and thereby slows down the aging process.
For years, vitamin C is considered as a remedy for common cold. Researches revealed that those who consume vitamin C daily will have very less chances to get affected by cold. And also, even if get affected by cold, shows less symptoms than others.
FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN C
Almost all fruits and vegetables contain some amount of vitamin C. Fruits containing higher amount of this vitamin includes mango, papaya, pineapple, strawberry, watermelon, etc. and the vegetables include tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Some cereals are fortified with Vitamin C. To reduce loss of vitamin C during cooking process, it is recommended to steam the food or microwave it.
INTAKE OF VITAMIN C
Too much of anything is not good. Though vitamin C is not stored in our body, if we intake more than 2000 grams a day, it will lead to stomach upset and dysentery. On the other hand, less intake will lead to signs and symptoms of deficiency including Bleeding gums, Decreased ability to fight infection, Decreased wound-healing rate, Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), Nosebleeds, Possible weight gain because of slowed metabolism, Rough, dry, scaly skin, etc.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin. It is important to intake foods containing vitamin C daily since our body will not store vitamin C. There are few tablets available in health superstore which can give you a sufficient amount of Vitamin C everyday. They are American Health Acerola Plus 300mg, American Health Acerola Plus Vitamin C Berry, Biodesign Buffered C. These products are rich in vitamin c.
A study researcher Mark Moyad of the University of Michigan says that the ideal nutrition marker for overall health is higher blood levels of Vitamin C. Vitamin C serves by protecting the health, from cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, eye problems, and also gives immunity.