Micro-Nutrients – Vitamin-C (or Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin-C is Most Abundant Water-Soluble Anti-oxidant in the Body (Which Implies Body Doesn’t Store it, It Must be in-taken on daily basis via our Daily Diet, Though Most Other Animals are able to synthesise Vitamin-C in their own body). Vitamin-C acts on Cellular Level, Fights Anti-Oxidants Due Pollutants-Smoking etc. Assists Returning Vitamin-E to its Active-Original Form.

Research Reports on Cancer: Various Reports have Correlated High Vitamin-C Intake to The Low rates of Cancer (Especially of Mouth, Larynx and Oesophagus).

What Vitamin C is: It performs following functions in the Body:

  • Growth & Repair of tissues all over The Body,
  • Helps making Protein Collagen (The Protein makes our Skin, Cartilages, Tendons, Ligaments, Blood Vessels etc.),
  • Helps Healing of Wounds,
  • Maintenance of Bones & Teeth,
  • Helps Body absorb Iron from Plant Sources (Hmm…& so we add lemon to our Pulses & vegetables!),
  • It is an Anti-Oxidant (Along with Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene…) and Blocks Damage caused by Free-Radicals (Ageing Process, Deteriorating Bone Health, Heart Ailments, Various cancers),
  • Helps synthesise Neurotransmitters in our Body…

Reasons for Shortage of Vitamin C: Bad Lifestyle & Eating Habits (Heavily white Sugar laden foods-soft drinks…), Extreme Stress-Anxiety in Life, Being awake late night, Smoking lowers amount of Vitamin C in The Body, Side-Effects of many of ‘The Modern Medicines’ (Including Contraceptive Pills, Anti-Inflammatory Medicines, Chronic consumption of Aspirin…).

Vitamin C Deficiency may lead to (Symptoms Include):

  • Dry & Splitting hair,
  • Gingivitis (Inflammation of Gums – Bleeding Gums),
  • Rough, Dry & Scaly Skin,
  • Wound Heals a Slow Rate,
  • Nose-Bleeding,
  • Low Immunity,
  • Frequent Cough & Cold & Other Allergies,
  • Osteo-Arthritis,
  • Cardiovascular Disorders (Atherosclerosis),
  • Few Cancers (Including Skin Cancer, Cervical Cancer…),
  • Breathing Problems (Including vitamin-C),
  • Neurological-Mental Disorders (Anxiety-Stroke…)…

Severe Vitamin-C Deficiency causes Scurvy.

There have been studies which link Vitamin C Deficiency with Following Conditions:

  • High Blood Pressure (Including Stroke, High Blood Sugar Leading to Diabetes),
  • Atherosclerosis (Hardening of Arteries),
  • Built-up of Plaque in Blood Vessels – This may lead to Heart Attack & Stroke,
  • Gall Bladder Ailments (Including Stones),
  • Various Cancers…

Rich Source of Vitamin C:

Plant Sources:           Broccoli, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Raw-cooked Leafy green vegetables (Spinach, Turnip Greens…), Potatoes, Corn…

Spices Sources:          Red & Green Peppers,

Fruit Sources:            Citrus Fruits (Grapes, Oranges, Strawberries), Water-Melon, Papaya, Grapefruit, Musk-Melon, Strawberries, Kiwi, mangoes, Raspberries, Pineapple, Pomegranates, Banana,

My View it is best to Avoid Synthetic Supplements and Only Go in For Organic Sources.

Vitamin C is sensitive to Light, Air & Heat.

Interesting thing I read on Net/Research Reports/Testimonials, use of Vitamin-C (Ascorbic Acid) has been in use since 1930’s for cancer cases, including intravenous usage.

Daily Recommended Values:

Adults: Ranges from 75 to 125 mg/Day.

An interesting fact is that even at high doses (> 2g/Day) it does not seem to cause any serious side-effect on the body and the excess amount is simply excreted out from the body.

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Author: Manoj

My Research on Ancient (But Highly Intelligent & Advanced) Studies-Ayurveda & So Called Modern Studies (!!) has brought me literally back from Dead! Quit my sailing job in 2009 due Serious Medical Conditions (Severe Vision Loss, Severe Haemorrhoids, Severe Depression...), But few incidences (Rajiv Dixit CD's, Fatal Ailments Getting Cured at High End Ayurveda Ashrams, Khongress Leaders Going to Ayurveda Ashram!!!!!!!) Prompted me towards 'Dedicated & Devoted Studies of The Greatest (Ancient-Original) Medical Science-Ayurveda'.