Vitamin C has many beneficial properties. It has a strengthening, cardiovascular, antioxidant, even anti-cancer effect. The range of wide applications of vitamin C has been discovered, among others. Thanks to the sailors. Vitamin C is good for almost everything.
Vitamin C is most often associated with a cold: in childhood, we often heard that it is worth ingesting it to immunize and strengthen the body. However, this is only one of its many properties. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is widely used in medicine and cosmetology.
SYMPTOMS OF VITAMIN C DEFICIENCY
The human body does not produce vitamin C, we must supply it with food and dietary supplements. It was observed that seamen on long voyages, without access to fresh vegetables and fruit, had a number of symptoms of vitamin C deficiency:
- increased tendency to tire,
- scurvy (in the most severe cases),
- muscle and joint pain,
- tendency to bruise,
- fluffed and bleeding gums,
- weakened immunity of the body.
Vitamin C deficiencies result in recurring infections, gum problems, and spots and spots on the tongue. The cause of vitamin C deficiency is insufficient absorption of the vitamin from food, increased demand or absorption problems in the intestine. Deficiencies also occur in people who work hard physically, pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as in the elderly, people suffering from hypertension or diabetes.
DOSAGE OF VITAMIN C.
It is difficult to overdose on vitamin C because we excrete it from the body. However, in people susceptible to an overdose of ascorbic acid, urate and oxalate may accumulate in the kidneys, develop diarrhea or skin rashes. However, no harmful substances are produced in the body.
The dosage of vitamin C is approx. 100 mg per day, while in the period of increased demand, 200 - 1000 mg per day. The effect of vitamin C also depends on the regularity of its intake, i.e. if we give it twice a day within two days, it will not bring such an effect than if we used it systematically.
WHY DOES VITAMIN C STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNITY?
Vitamin C is best known for its immune-boosting properties. Ascorbic acid stimulates the development and efficiency of immune cells responsible for the fight against microorganisms. Vitamin C also improves the functioning of the immune system because it shortens the duration of an infection or infection. Taking vitamin C does not directly prevent a cold, but it supports the body in this fight.
VITAMIN C FOR A COLD
Vitamin C for colds can be found in fresh, raw vegetables and fruits:
- cabbage vegetables: savoy cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
- onion, turnip, spinach, and green beans
- berries (black currant, strawberries)
- citrus fruits
- Red pepper
People with sensitive stomach and intestines (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, Crohn's disease, etc.) may use a form of vitamin C with a less acidic reaction (buffered vitamin C) in the form of calcium, sodium, magnesium, zinc L-ascorbate or chromium.
In addition to the effect of vitamin C on the symptoms of colds, it is worth mentioning its properties supporting the circulatory system: it seals blood vessels, fights atherosclerotic changes, reduces hypertension. It is impossible to ignore the antioxidant properties of vitamin C, fighting free radicals, which makes it used in the production of anti-aging creams.