6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C

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6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C
6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C or L-Ascorbic as called in scientific terms is the form of the water-soluble nutrient. 

It is present in numerous fruits like ​kiwi​, lemon, guava, orange, and grapefruit and vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, capsicum, spinach, and Brussel sprouts.

Consuming a handful of citrus fruit can make up or even exceed the recommended vitamin C intake per day. Vitamin C plays a vital role in protein metabolism. Vitamin C is a key nutrient required for the synthesis of collagen that promotes new tissue growth, wound and cuts healing and healthy skin.

Studies have confirmed that vitamin C is an important physiological antioxidant that enables the generation of other antioxidants in the body. Besides these features, it has been affirmed that vitamin C plays an important role in enhancing immunity. Also, it helps to improve the absorption of iron in the body derived from plant-based food diets. 

6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C
6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Since vitamin C plays an important function as an antioxidant and immunity booster, there have been recommendations in favor of its consumption as a measure to prevent and treat various health complexities such as cardiovascular diseases, cataracts, common cold, cancer, and age-related macular degeneration.

As in immunity booster, vitamin C encourages the production of White Blood Cells (WBC) in the body that helps to fight infections. 

An article on vitamin C suggests it helps WBC work effectively by protecting them from the damages caused by harmful molecules such as free radicals developed by pollution, cigarette smoke, excessive sunlight, etc. Free radicals are the agent responsible for speedy aging, cancer, and many heart problems.

Listed below are the 6 overall health benefit of vitamin C that makes its intake necessary as a dietary supplement of adults as well as kids.

Let us get into the details…

6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C

6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C
6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C

1) Prevention of Cancer

Epidemiologists have found out that the higher rate of consumption of fruit and vegetables minimizes the chances of cancer. The reason behind this is perhaps the high vitamin C content present in these eatables. 

Vitamin C limits the formation of carcinogens. Accentuating the immune system in the body and through its antioxidant properties, it weakens the oxidative damage that can lead to cancer formation in the body. 

An inverse relationship has been found between that dietary vitamin C intake and the cancer of lungs, breast, rectum or colon, stomach, oral cavity larynx or pharynx and esophagus.

2) Reduction of Cardiovascular Diseases

Many epidemiological studies have suggested that with the high intake of vitamin C through fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases to a substantial level. The reason associated with the reduction in the high amount of antioxidant content present in these eatables. 

Vitamin C intake only from the food and not from artificial supplements lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Consuming a diet rich with vitamin C providing at least 500 mg of content intake is good enough to eliminate the need for vitamin C supplements. This quantity of vitamin C suffices additional heart health benefits.

3) Effective for the Treatment of Common cold

6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C
6 Overall Health Benefits of Vitamin C

It has been believed that vitamin C consumption helps in successful treatment for prevention of the common cold. People exposed to extreme physical exercise or cold environment benefits from the vitamin C supplement in the diet as it can cut-short the duration of the common cold. 

However, it has been found out that taking vitamin C after the onset of cold symptoms is not beneficial.

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4) Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Cataract

Researchers have linked vitamin C and other antioxidants with the development and treatment of cataract and AMD diseases. These diseases lead to a visionary loss in the elderly. 

Although not many pieces of evidence are there to support this role of vitamin C and other antioxidants in the prevention of early stages of cataract and AMD, a few shreds of evidence have suggested that vitamin C might be helpful to slow down AMD progression.

The high dietary intake of vitamin C, alone or with other antioxidants, is also associated with a lower risk of cataract formation.

5) Helpful to fight the battle against high blood pressure and Alcohol Hangovers

Many studies have shown that vitamin C helps to lower down the BP in the people suffering or not suffering from this health issue. In the adults, having high BP problem, vitamin C supplements help to control and lower the upper value of BP by 4.85mmHg and the lower level value by 1.67mmHG on an average.

Although the long term impact of vitamin C on BP is not very clear. The people suffering from high BP issue cannot rely upon vitamin C alone. Vitamin C supplements are helpful in lowering BP in both healthy adults and adults suffering from high blood pressure issues.

For alcoholics, 500mg of over-the-counter Vitamin C (healthy dose) can prevent or reduce the hardness of the hangovers. This healthy dose speeds up the rate of metabolism by the liver.

6) Helpful in reducing Blood Uric acid levels and prevention of Gout Attack

Gout is a special type of arthritis disease affecting the joints of the patient. 

Under the influence of this disease, patients experience swelling and sudden attacks of pain involving inflammation in the joints. The reason behind the gout symptoms is an increase in uric acid level in blood. 

Uric acid is the waste produced in the body and if it is produced in very high quantity inside the body, it crystallizes and deposits in the joints. Vitamin C has been found helpful in reducing Uric acid production in the blood that in turn reduces the chances of Gout attacks. 

Summing Up

Vitamin C has been considered as an important part of the skin defense system. As it is water-soluble, it is actively transported to the skin where it acts as the anti-oxidant and helps to strengthen the skin’s ability to fight against bacterial and microbes attack.

Taking an adequate quantity of vitamin C especially through foods also helps in healing of the wounds in the lesser time span. Vitamin C has also been associated with aiding against dementia conditions. It has a protective effect on thinking and memory capabilities impaired with age.

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Jessica Smith is an avid reader who enjoys getting lost in the world of books. Holding on to her passion for fitness, She Believes that a healthy diet is a key to healthy living.

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