(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.
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