The Importance of Vitamin C

October 26, 2015

Dateline: Utopia, Texas
by Briana McDonald, Natural Health Writer

( The importance of Vitamin C in your diet can not be over-emphasized. Not only can it prevent illness and disease but it can also effectively treat anything from the common cold to shingles to Ebola. Pretty impressive right? Due to the fact that Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that your body does not store it, it is best to get what you need from your food. These foods would be your citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, bell peppers-the list goes on. You can also supplement for Vitamin C, but note that it is crucial to get it from natural sources as well.

So what does Vitamin C do? You need vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.  Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth. It also helps the body absorb iron from nonheme (non meat) sources.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, along with Vitamin E, beta-carotene, and many other plant-based nutrients. Antioxidants block some of the damage caused by free radicals, substances that damage DNA. The build up of free radicals over time may contribute to the aging process and the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and Arthritis.

High-dose oral Vitamin C therapy, using upwards of 1,000 times the U.S. Daily Reference Intake (DRI), has been shown in clinical studies to heal diseases such as polio, tetanus, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, AIDS, and cancer. The ability of these diseases to run their course is disabled when given such large quantities at a time. Though the body can only assimilate a certain amount of Vitamin C at a time when taken orally, high-dose, time-released oral Vitamin C supplementation is a great way of maintaining health and preventing disease. When it comes to combating serious diseases, intravenous Vitamin C therapy is the most effective method because the body is able to more effectively assimilate very high doses of the vitamin in this way.

Since we all know an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the question is; are you getting enough Vitamin C in your diet? Just remember when trying to heal almost any health issue, the importance of Vitamin C cannot be understated.



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