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10 Great Reasons to Take Vitamin C

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November 30, 2017 | Published by


Vitamin C has long been recognized as vital to the defense against colds and flu and immune system support. In fact, vitamin C is one of the most versatile vitamins, offering benefits to many functions in the human body. Here are 10 great (and lesser known) reasons to take vitamin C.

Mood enhancement

Vitamin C has proven to have a mild antidepressant effect in a placebo-controlled trial. Vitamin C helps the body deal with stress, as the adrenal glands contain the highest concentration of Vitamin C of any part of the body. The adrenal glands help assist in the manufacture of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.

Length of life

The actual amount of Vitamin C in your system is associated with a 20% drop in all-cause mortality, according to a UK study of almost 20,000 people.

Glowing skin

Vitamin C plays a key role in maintaining healthy, glowing skin because of its role in collagen production. This amazing vitamin also provides protection as a powerful antioxidant.

Infertility

The ovaries are very rich in Vitamin C and increasing your levels can help to promote ovulation. Vitamin C can also help stops sperm from clumping together.

Adrenal gland function and hormone production

Of all the vitamins and minerals involved in adrenal metabolism, vitamin C is probably the most important. In fact, the more cortisol made, the more vitamin C used. Vitamin C is so essential to the adrenal hormone cascade and the manufacture of adrenal steroid hormones that before the measurement of adrenal steroid hormones became available, the blood level of vitamin C was used as the best indicator of adrenal function level in animal research studies. Vitamin C is used all along the adrenal cascade and acts as an antioxidant within the adrenal cortex itself.

Blood vessel flexibility

Taking 500mg a day of Vitamin C can help reverse a condition that leads to heart attacks. In one study, the vitamin C group saw significant improvements in the endothelium, the lining of blood vessels, while the placebo group did not.

Strong bones and healthy joints

A study has found that in women aged 67-79, vitamin C intake is inversely associated with loss of bone mineral density. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, the substance that forms the body’s connective tissues (bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments).

Repairing damaged arteries and removing arterial plaque (atherosclerosis)

According to Dr. Linus Pauling (deemed the ‘father of Vitamin C”), daily intakes of this vitamin aid anti-cancer activity and assist in repairing damaged arteries and removing arterial plaque (atherosclerosis). Long-term Vitamin C deficiency can lead to atherosclerotic deposits in the arterial walls to cover the breaches caused by the disintegrating collagen, resulting in coronary heart disease and strokes to the brain.

Superior wound healing

Vitamin C significantly increases wound healing, reducing the inflammatory response.

Eye health

Vitamin C is very important in the health of your eyes, having an ability to exert therapeutic effects on the sense of sight. Vitamin C may help to prevent and treat cataracts. Research suggests that supplemental Vitamin C reduces the risk of cataracts by up to 70%. Vitamin C (1,000 mg per day) may help to prevent age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). Dry eyes may occur as a result of Vitamin C deficiency.

dr-eric-bakker-150x150About the author: Eric Bakker B.H.Sc. (Comp.Med), N.D, R.Hom. is a highly experienced naturopathic physician who has been in clinical practice for 27 years. Eric is passionate about improving people’s lives through proven wellness and lifestyle principles, natural medicine practice as well as public and professional practitioner education. Eric specialises in candida, psoriasis, as well as adrenal fatigue, thyroid and digestive disorders. Dr. Bakker has written one of the most comprehensive books on yeast infections called Candida Crusher. He has also written what may well be the most comprehensive Natural Psoriasis Treatment Program available. You can find more articles by Dr. Bakker on his blog at www.ericbakker.com.

 

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