Vitamin C: Ascorbic Acid

What is the function of vitamin C? First of all, vitamin C has an antioxidant effect, meaning it protects cells against the damaging effects of free radicals and thus reduces the risk of developing cancer. Also, vitamin C restores vitamin E reserves and increases the absorption of iron. In addition to this, it prevents cardiovascular disease, helps wounds heal and reduces cholesterol levels in the blood. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, enabling it to better deal with colds and flue.
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Vitamin C deficiency symptoms: poor wound healing, bleeding gums, frequent colds and recurrent infections, fatigue, nose bleeding, weakened immune system, rough, dry skin.

2 thoughts on “Vitamin C: Ascorbic Acid

  1. The ascorbic acid you buy at the grocery store every few weeks, thinking you are buying Vitamin C, is just a chemical copy of naturally occurring ascorbic acid, which itself is still only a fraction of the actual Vitamin C. Real vitamin C is part of something living, and as such, can impart life.

    • Yes, you are right. There is more to vitamin C than just ascorbic acid and most of the supplements we purchase at the pharmacy are synthetic. However, they are meant to reproduce the same effects real vitamin C has in our body. But, as their name suggests (‘food supplements’), they are meant to merely cover the missing percentage of your daily intake. The best thing we can do is eat natural, organic fruits and vegetables rich in the real vitamin C, but this is not always possible either because we don’t have access to a variety of foods rich in vitamin C that are also organic, or because our lifestyle makes us prone to numerous nutrient deficiencies as a result of poor diet and so on. Many people also don’t tolerate certain foods well, so they are missing out on their vitamin C and other nutrients. Bell peppers, for example, are really hard to digest and many people avoid them. The same goes for pineapple, while strawberries are a common allergen. Plus, think about this: people with a severe vitamin C deficiency causing scurvy are not given kiwifruit, oranges or broccoli when they are in hospital, but high doses of synthetic forms of vitamin C. And they do their job. Taking the real thing is always best, I agree with you, but, you may also need to supplement your diet with synthetical vitamers of vitamin C which replicate its exact functions in our body. As one who takes ascorbic acid daily, despite of having a varied, overall natural diet, I must say that not only is it doing me a lot of good, but I now realize that I needed the supplementation. Thank you for your excellently educated intervention.

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