What are the Benefits of Vitamin C?
Here we go over a few of the many Vitamin C benefits.
- Antioxidant Power: Acts as one of the most beneficial antioxidants in the body
- Helps prevent cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure: In 2000 a study published in Lancet, taking 500 mg of Vitamin C per day can lower your high blood pressure by more than 9%. So instead of taking that warfarin stuff, pop a Vitamin C pill instead.
And if you really want to lower your blood pressure, then you may want to take your Vitamin C with Vitamin E, Vitamin A and zinc. This may seem like a lot but that’s where a good multi-vitamin can help you out.
- Prevents stroke
- Enhances your immune system: White blood cells are the backbone of your immune system in keeping you healthy. There are billions of them floating around in your body making sure everything is a-okay. But when you get sick your immune system will make millions more each hour. Vitamin C helps in creating some of the chemical messengers which will get these cells where they need to go more effectively to keep you healthy.
- Especially helpful for fighting allergies and asthma: Does this by reducing the histamine effect. If you have allergies, it’s because your body thinks pollen is like an invading germ and it has to be attacked. So the body’s defense is releasing a little thing called histamines. This will cause you to sneeze, cough, itch, have watery eyes and hate everybody around you.
There are drugs which attempt to reduce these effects called antihistamines. But we all know antihistamines have a lot of side effects and it seems to lose its effects after a while.
Solution? Taking 1,000 to 2,000 mg of Vitamin C per day can help to calm down those allergies.
How can this help? Vitamin C helps to keep the amount of histamines produced in check and helps clear it out of the bloodstream faster.
Result: Less misery from allergies you have to deal with.
- Asthma: An asthma attack is similar to having allergies, except this time it affects your lungs. The vitamin C benefits you get include reducing the amount of histamines your body produces, so you won’t have an asthma attack as often or badly. The second is the antioxidant effect in protecting the lungs. Even better when taken along with Vitamin E and selenium
- Prevents scurvy: Prevalent among sailors during the 17th & 18th century, James Lind proved Vitamin C could prevent the symptoms of scurvy. The symptoms include sore and bleeding gums, loose teeth, slow wound healing, loose teeth, fatigue and sore joints. Not as common in most developed nations but possible to have a “rebound” scurvy if you take too much Vitamin C
- Enhances wound healing and recovery from surgery: This is because of Vitamin C’s role in making collagen. Collagen is in your bones, tendons, teeth, blood vessels, skin and everything which has proteins involved. Collagen is also helpful in making scar tissue. Vitamin C levels are quite low after surgery so make sure you increase your intake. Also, it will reduce the chances of bed sores since the collagen in your skin should be stronger.
- For women: May help decrease the chances of gallstones. Considering gallbladder removal is one of the most common operations in America, another good reason to start taking Vitamin C.
- Helps with cataracts: Long term use of Vitamin C (at least 10 years) can significantly reduce the chances of getting cataracts. How much is “significant”? On average, about a 70% reduction. Not only that, but even early onset cataracts can be prevented with Vitamin C. Researchers believe it’s due to Vitamin C’s antioxidant effect. Considering how much water is in the eye and that Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant makes this a winning combination. Take at least 250 mg per day.
- Although I’m not endorsing cigarette smoking, this next tidbit on Vitamin C benefits is for smokers:
Cigarettes break down the Vitamin C in your body faster than non-smokers. You’ll also excrete more vitamin C if you’re a smoker. Also, those nice facial lines (aka. wrinkles) you got from smoking is because of the decrease of collagen. Vitamin C helps to make collagen so increase the amount of Vitamin C if you want to save face (sorry, couldn’t help the pun here).
Detective diagnosis: Stop smoking. But if you can’t then take at least 500 mg of Vitamin C per day.
Now that you have a good understanding on the Vitamin C benefits you might want to know some other interesting facts on Vitamin C or what are the best sources to get it.