Aug 3, 2009

10 Vitamin C Facts, and Colds

There was a time, and for some this may still be true, that Vitamin C was thought of as a cure for the common cold. Perhaps it may decrease the intensity of a cold, or duration somewhat if started when a cold is in progress, but it is best use as a preventative, a fact that is true of most if not all vitamin supplements. Vitamin C benefits the body in the following ways:

  1. It is an antioxidant
  2. Aids many functions of the immune system
  3. Helps in the absorption of iron
  4. Aids the synthesis of enzymes, proteins and hormones by the body
  5. Our adrenal glands need quite a bit of Vitamin C for optimum performance.
  6. Vitamin C is water soluble so passes through the body easily and needs to be replenished through diet or supplements regularly.
  7. Excess Vitamin C can cause diarrhea, you can gradually increase the amount that you take to this point, then back down to the point that this symptom stops. Some use this as a way of the body telling them how much Vitamin C to take.
  8. Don't stop taking a maximum dose of vitamin C suddenly, it isn't terribly dangerous, but is a shock to the body.
  9. It is necessary for the formation of collagen...collagen holds the cells of the body together.
  10. Bioflavanoids work in synergy/harmony with Vitamin C
This is not an exhaustive list of the many benefits of Vitamin C, but a good start! Please click the "Vitamin Facts" category for more posts on Vitamins.

Updated 3/21/16

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