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Vitamin C

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  • Personal Trainer Boston wrote on 4.9.2012 - 09:44

    Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is dispersed throughout the body dissolved in fluid. The body does not manufacture vitamin C on its own, nor does it store it. It is therefore important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in one's daily diet. Its influence on the body lasts for 14-18 hours after ingestion after which its potency decreases. An excessive intake of water-soluble vitamins is typically passed out through the urine. If the diet contains less than 50% RDA of water-soluble vitamins, symptoms from deficiencies may be displayed in as little as 4 weeks; much quicker than for fat-soluble vitamins.
    Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid promotes healthy cell development and proper calcium absorption. Large amounts of vitamin C are used by the body during any kind of healing processfrom an infection, disease, injury, or surgery. It also helps to repair and maintain healthy cartilage, bones, teeth and gums and assists in the prevention of blood clotting and bruising. It is required for the synthesis of collagen, the intercellular "cement" which holds tissues together and is used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Furthermore it prevents scurvy, builds resistance to infection and aids in the prevention and treatment of the common cold. According to Dr. Linus Pauling, the foremost authority on Vitamin C, Vitamin C will decrease the risk of getting certain cancers by 75%.

    Vitamin C or Ascorbic acid is one of many antioxidants. Vitamin E and beta-carotene are two other well known antioxidants. Antioxidants help the body deal with unstable chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals are produced by the body when food is converted into energy and will build up in the body over time. They increase the potential for damage to the body cells (a process called oxidative stress) which is associated with the aging process and a general decline in the central nervous system and the immune system. They are also thought to contribute to the development of various health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and inflammation conditions for example arthritis. Furthermore antioxidants can help to prevent the conversion of nitrates found in tobacco smoke, bacon, and some vegetables into cancer-causing substances.


    Good sources of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) are:

    leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, tomatoes, melons, berries,

    We have sorted our nutrition database by foods high in Vitamin C. So you can easily see how much Vitamin C is contained in different foods. You can also search through our database using the search box below or browse the Vitamin C content by food category.


     

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