Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. This means it needs water to dissolve and be used by our bodies. While some animals produce vitamin C within their bodies, humans do not produce it endogenously (from within). Therefore, we must get it from our food. It is considered an essential dietary compound.


Vitamin C is an important antioxidant because it has been shown to produce other antioxidants. This includes alpha-tocopherol aka vitamin E. Vitamin C has been referred to as ascorbic acid, which is the synthetic version of vitamin C. You are much better off to get your vitamin C in the natural form.


Benefits:

  • Necessary for the biosynthesis of collagen, an essential component of connective tissue, which plays a vital role in wound healing

  • Necessary for the biosynthesis of L-carnitine, which comes from an amino acid and transports fatty acids to cells to be used for energy

  • Necessary for the biosynthesis of certain neurotransmitters

  • Plays an important role in immune function

  • Helps with the absorption of nonheme iron found in plant-based foods

  • Protects against disease and bacteria

  • Helps with adrenal gland function

  • Promotes healthy gums

  • Aids in production of anti-stress hormones

  • Aids in production of interferon which, when released, causes cells to heighten their viral defenses

  • Guards against skin infections and wrinkles

  • Supplementation may help reduce symptoms of asthma

  • Powerful antioxidant that helps protect against pollution in the body

  • Taken with vitamin E, promotes higher cognitive abilities in the aging

Foods that provide vitamin C:

  • Berries

  • Citrus fruits

  • Green vegetables

  • Tomatoes

  • Pineapple

Nearly all natural foods contain vitamin C.


Herbs that provide vitamin C

  • Alfalfa

  • Burdock Root

  • Camu Camu

  • Capsicum

  • Chickwood

  • Acerola fruit

  • Aloe Vera

  • Rose hips

  • Red Raspberry

  • Yellow Dock

Signs of deficiency

  • Colds

  • Lack of energy

  • Bruising

  • Bleeding gums and tooth loss

  • Achy bones, joints and muscles

  • Sterility

  • Kidney stones

  • Shortness of breath

  • Apathy

  • Poor digestion

  • Poor wound healing

  • Scurvy

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