Vitamin C deficiency causes chronic disease

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Vitamin C News(NaturalHealth365) Let’s start with the obvious – vitamin C deficiency is dangerous and can cause chronic disease. Science has already proven that vitamin C is necessary for every function in the human body. Yet, most people believe, one of the deadliest medical myths that high doses of vitamin C are useless for human health.

The number one reason that vitamin C is under-valued is because of its quickly utilization and elimination from the body. Often overlooked, vitamin C effectively neutralizes free radicals; supports neurotransmitters; promotes the production of collagen – which is known to boost lymphocyte glutathione levels and helps to regenerate antioxidants.

How dangerous is a vitamin C deficiency?

Vitamin C is one of the most studied nutrients with respect to preventing or curing disease with many conflicting reports. We are flooded with studies that test one nutrient or another without really addressing the biological processes that occur from eating vitamin C rich foods.

Vitamin C with the appropriate amount of mineral cofactors can save lives. Until recently, science has not sufficiently questioned the damage done from a vitamin C deficiency. Fortunately, we are beginning to see breakthrough research to suggest that suboptimal amounts of vitamin C can be hazardous to the human body and may be behind the climbing rates of heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cognitive decline, gum disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.

Vitamin C deficiency is intimately connected to aging, flu, colds, collagen production, and wrinkles. According to an article published in Biological Psychiatry, it is also related to your libido and likelihood for depression. Vitamin C repairs, and detoxifies, so in today’s world, it isn’t a choice, it is a necessity.

Vitamin C is needed in large amounts to repair collagen damage from pollution, ultraviolet light, radiation, oxidative stress and to neutralize the effects of a poor diet. A person who has scurvy stops making collagen and that is why the joints, cartilage and the blood vessels break down; gums ulcerate and teeth are lost – while the immune system deteriorates.

Vitamin C affects your life in every way. For instance, constant exposure to toxins and poisonous chemicals can lead to catastrophic disease, and vitamin C is your first line of protection.

The best ways to get enough vitamin C

Without exception, the best way to get vitamin C is through your diet. Fresh (organic) fruits and vegetables possess many flavonoids which work synergistically to support the utilization of this vital nutrient. For example, an orange has over 60 different flavonoids along with vitamin C.

Vitamin C rich foods are abundant and represent the best way to get vitamin C, yet more than 80 percent of the adult population consume 2 or fewer servings of fruits and vegetables, and about 10 percent don’t even consume fruits and vegetables daily.

Since vitamin C is poorly retained, the body needs a constant source. The best way to supplement vitamin C is by including these foods into your diet: cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kiwi, bell peppers, papaya, broccoli, kale, strawberries, and citrus fruits.

Most fruits and vegetables have some vitamin C in them, and this is where organic matters – because vitamin C level are higher in organic foods. One of the unavoidable consequences of a toxic “modern” life is vitamin C deficiency – so get your daily dose of organic fruits and vegetables for a healthy life.

About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

Sources:
http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/collagen.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/vitamin-c-foods_n_1457397.html#slide=more222927
http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/nutrition/vitamin-c/dietary-health-benefits.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050111162230.html

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  • samuel nkansah

    This article is highly educative, worth knowing by all. i have personally been on 1000mg of vit.c and its worthwhile.

  • C

    A few points:

    1) Though it is safe to say get vitamin C from fruits and vegetables, it is difficult to get an adequate amount from just food which has become too often nutrient poor. The RDA is absurdly insufficient. (Owen Fonorow at Vitamin C Foundation will confirm.)

    2) It would also be helpful to bring clarity to the fact that humans do not produce vitamin C which is why we must consume it through other sources. Some people believe vitamin C is optional.

    3) Vitamin C is temperature sensitive and loses stability if not stored properly. Stored properly however, it can last many years. Cooking destroys vitamin C. Advice from other sources to eat vegetables should specify those need to be raw. Eating a baked potato or steamed broccoli is misleading.

    4) Taking vitamin C to bowel tolerance is the ideal way to assess what your body needs while healthy or ill. The more ill a person is, the more vitamin C the body will absorb like a sponge.

    5) Adrenal glands are our stress buffer and store vitamin C – obvious conclusion there!

    6) Vitamin C is a compound, so “organic non-GMO vitamin C” or “Ester C” create expensive urine. (I buy non-GMO anyway to discourage GMOs, but some cannot afford to.) The cheapest vitamin C crystals are as good as any other, though in tablet and capsules it’s wise to check ingredients for unnecessary fillers. Most vitamin C is made in China, but again the compound makes this a moot point unless politics decides food choices for some, in which case those people may want to look at vitamin C produced in Scotland. Though I prefer organic and non-GMO foods and supplements, neither applies to compounds such as vitamin C. (Owen Fonorow of Vitamin C Foundation will confirm.) Adding this because there are people who believe vitamins are too expensive so don’t bother. It is a travesty that so many people suffer for lack of vitamin C which is one of the cheapest vitamins available!

    7) It would be helpful to note which vitamins and minerals are dependent on vitamin C and the reverse. We can take as much vitamin C as possible, but if there is a deficiency elsewhere, again, we may be producing expensive urine. Orthomolecular medicine is a good place to begin understanding deficiencies. Dr. Andrew Saul has provided doctoryourself.com as a free resource to the public, as has Owen Fonorow with vitamincfoundation.org, and there are archives at orthomed.org which are loaded with studies, research and professional insights.

    Respectfully,
    C

    • Smoothman

      Greetings from Sweden! Thanks for a great post on Vitamin C and your seven points. Highly appreciated!

  • C

    I will add to number 7) above, that Cass Ingram’s book “Nutrition Tests for Better Health” is a useful self-assessment tool. It explains connections between deficiencies and provides checklists of questions any mindful doctor might ask. This serves to helps us recognize symptoms, otherwise ignored. Never bought his products, but the information provided is accurate and has been extremely useful. Used copies are inexpensive and available on Amazon.

  • Jeff Evanoff

    Thank you for this valuable info! Blanche Levine and C

  • russ jessop

    I have been taking asboric acid for years plus vc tablets 19 years since my 5 bypass plus many other heart ops 3 defibators still on asboric acid going well

  • James b

    FACT: Almost all vitamin C sold in this country (etc) is now being derived
    from Genetically Engineered (GE) Corn.

    Soloray, Solgar, N.O.W., Schiff, Twin Labs, Country Life and Nature’s Life
    all have acknowledged to me, that their Vitamin C is (all or partially)
    derived from GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CORN. None of these companies
    sell Vitamin C that is certified organic or labeled organic.

  • Ania

    Since I started taking 1 g of Vit C daily (about a year), my health got so much better. I didn’t realize that many of my colds, gum problems, etc. were caused by Vit C deficiency.

  • Jennifer Symonds

    I take 1,000mg C 4xs a day ( sometimes 5), not had colds or flu for 4 years now; I agree with C the RDA is way too low but then it is for most vitamins & minerals especially “D3” (re the latter: I take 1 x 5,000iu cap. one day & 2 the next, works fine).I agree that you do need to check out the quality of vitamins & make sure you’re buying the best you can afford but do not go for the cheapest there’s usually nothing much in them except fillers which can’t be terribly healthy!!

  • Elinor

    I use Lyposomal Vitamin C from livonlabs.com or amazon.com. Great stuff and goes completely and immediately into the blood stream where it can go to work destroying cancer cells and giving you super energy levels. Started taking it about 1-1/2 months ago and will never ever stop. Everyone should take this form of Vitamin C. Check it out.