Ascorbic Acid

Health Benefits

Vitamin C is known as the youth, beauty and stress vitamin!

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is required for at least 300 metabolic functions in the body, including tissue repair and growth, blood cell formation, healthy adrenal gland function and healthy gums – bone and teeth growth.

Vitamin C protects against the excess acidity of the body.
Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron, aids production of anti-stress hormones and interferon (important immune-system protein) needed for the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine and phenylalanine.

Protects against harmful pollution, cancer, infection and enhances immunity. It also plays a role in rendering toxic heavy metals harmless so that they can be eliminated from the body.

Vitamin C also prevents gall and kidney Stones and improves sperm motility. Helps in relieving swollen joints, anemia, heart attacks, strokes and fights bacterial infections. Helps with drug addictions and improves immunity and promotes healing. Studies have shown that vitamin C can reduce symptoms of asthma.

The adrenals are the storehouse for Vitamin C where it is used as an ingredient of adrenaline which is essential in the body’s reaction to stress!

Vitamin C regulates cholesterol metabolism by reducing levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL, the so-called “bad cholesterol”) and increases levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL’s or “good cholesterol”). Vitamin C also lowers blood pressure and helps prevent atherosclerosis. This occurs because vitamin C helps in the transformation of cholesterol to bile acids which can then be more easily excreted by the body.

Essential for the healthy formation of collagen, protects against bruising, blood clotting, cataracts and promotes healing – injuries, burns, wounds.

Vitamin C is needed to replace and strengthen the connective tissues of the body especially when the vitamin stores drop rapidly after surgery and trauma. Low stores lead to weakening of the collagenous structures such as cartilage, bone and blood capillaries which ultimately slows the healing time.

Note: The body cannot manufacture Vitamin C so this water soluble vitamin must be obtained from your diet or supplementation.

Therapeutic Uses

Anti ageing, Infections, inflammation, influenza, scurvy, haemorrhages, anemia, atherosclerosis, thrombosis, stroke, degenerative vascular disease, high blood cholesterol, bleeding gums, tooth loss, periodontal disease, gingivitis, edema, cancer, lupus erythematosus, rheumatic fever, chicken pox, hepatitis, scarlet fever, AIDS, shingles, poor wound healing, bruising, a tendency to bruise easily, extreme weakness, edema, haemorrhages under the skin, joint pains, lack of energy, poor digestion, Alcoholism, Athletes, strenuous exercise, hypertension, cervical dysplasia, infertility, pregnancy, lactation, smokers, trauma, stress, heart disease, drug toxicity, high blood histamine, allergy, cold, moderates the severity of the common cold, constipation, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, gall bladder disease, gall disease, gastritis, kidney stones, diabetes, insulin resistance, diabetic neuropathy, urinary tract infections, eyes – age related macular degeneration, cataracts, blood shot eyes, conjunctivitis, retinopathy, ear ache, otitis media, obesity, hepatitis, fractures, backache, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, exposure to pollutants, surgery.

Antagonists: antibiotics, analgesics, antidepressants, anticoagulants, oral contraceptives (OCP), steroids, aspirin and other pain relievers, cortisone, sulfa drugs, smoking, coffee, baking soda, mental and physical stress. Infections, injuries, DDT, heat, alcohol, inhalation of petroleum fumes, ageing, burns, cooking, copperware, high fevers, rancid oil and chlorinated water.

Dietary Sources

Dried Fruit
Protein Foods
Starch Foods
Hebal Source

A Guide to Vitamins Found Naturally in Food

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