Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is probably the most talked about vitamin around, but at the same time the most under utilized
medicine.

It is water soluble and therefore our own stores are minimal, yet it is needed for over 300 bodily functions.

Nature uses Vitamin C to maintain balance when under stress and most mammals produce increased amounts when required. This is not the case for humans. We are dependent on our own ever decreasing stores to counteract external stimuli, and have to increase our consumption accordingly.

Some of the possible health benefits and actions are listed below:
  • Anti-oxidant, battles the forces that cause cell and tissue damage.
  • Collagen production.
  • Acts against viral/bacterial infection.
  • Supports immune function.
  • Aids recovery after surgery/injury.
  • Anaemia - aids iron absorption.
  • Helps prevent arteriosclerosis.
  • Neutralizes free radicals
  • Anti-carcinogenic.
  • Detoxifying.
  • Natural laxative.
  • Adrenal support.
  • Transports amino acids across the cell membrane.

Unfortunately most Vitamin C supplements fall short of providing therapeutic amounts of the Vitamin, and its value is thus not fully appreciated.

It is also one of the safest vitamins to consume in large doses due to its lack of toxicity in the body, although individuals undergoing iron therapy should be aware that it increases the absorption of iron. Diabetics should also monitor their blood glucose levels carefully.

If anyone wishes to obtain more information on dosage, please ask for personal advice at your next appointment.