Why Your Body Needs Vitamin C

Today the focus is the wonder supplement Vitamin C. Take note and live healthier and more fully!

Most of you know that vitamin C is essential for your health. You will have heard that a lack of Vitamin C can cause scurvy or that Vitamin C is a wonderful supplement to ward off the common cold.  Your body needs it.

But this special vitamin is much more than a simple cold fighter. It is one of the most important supplements your body requires and performs a host of functions and activities that are vital for good health.

Did you know the average orange of today’s world holds only about 12% of the Vitamin C stored in an orange at the turn of the 20th century? With figures like this, it is therefore imperative you make sure you source Vitamin C supplements as part of your daily intake.

The Wonder Substance

Natural health practitioners and nutritionists have known of the benefits of Vitamin C for ages. It helps with so many fundamental physiological processes and one of the first things many alternative health practitioners will check is a patient’s Vitamin C intake.

Vitamin C is primarily an antioxidant and it forms the cornerstone to over 300 metabolic functions. This means it blocks the destructive impact and effects of free-radicals in your body. Free radicals speed up the ageing process as well as motivate the development of heart disease, cancer, arthritis and a number of other problematic conditions.

If you take Vitamin C supplements, you can benefit your body in the following ways:

  • Tissue growth
  • Tissue repair (collagen)
  • Healthy adrenals
  • Healthy gums
  • Interferon production for good immunity
  • Negates the impact and effect of heavy metals
  • Anti-stress hormone production[1]

Good and Bad Lipoproteins

Your body has good and bad cholesterol or lipoproteins. LDL’s, or low density lipoproteins are the bad cholesterol that your body cannot stand. HDL’s or high density lipoproteins are the good cholesterol materials that your body needs for healthy arteries and the prevention of atherosclerosis. Vitamin c promotes HDL’s and helps keep the bad cholesterol in check so you do not run the risk of heart disease and blocked arteries.

Combining Vitamin C with Vitamin E

The natural remedy effect of Vitamin c can be maximised by combining the supplement intake with the intake of Vitamin E. These 2 vitamins work in concert with each other and actually maximise the efficacy and potency of each other and themselves. They work synergistically and symbiotically to promote your cognitive functions, and fight off the damaging and harmful effects of free radicals.[2]

Sources of vitamin C

Natural sources include berries and fruits.

Herbal sources of Vitamin c include alfalfa, burdock, cayenne and chickweed.  Ask your naturopathic practitioner for more information.

A Natural Self Clinic hopes this information can truly help you to optimise your health.

Have a good day and I hope to see you in at the clinic!

[1] http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/vitamin-c-000339.htm

[2] http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/