Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. Unlike most mammals and other animals, humans do not have the ability to make their own vitamin C. Therefore, we must obtain vitamin C through our diet. According to Web MD a recent study published in Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine that looked at over 100 studies over 10 years revealed a growing list of benefits of vitamin C.

Vitamin C has received a great deal of attention, and with good reason. Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health. The more we study vitamin C, the better our understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, from cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, eye health [and] immunity to living longer. But, the ideal dosage may be higher than the recommended dietary allowance. – says study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan.

Most of the studies Moyad and his colleagues examined used 500 daily milligrams of vitamin C to achieve health results. That’s much higher than the RDA of 75-90 milligrams a day for adults. So unless you can eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, you may need to take a dietary supplement of vitamin C to gain all the benefits, Moyad says. He suggests taking 500 milligrams a day, in addition to eating five servings of fruits and vegetables.

Sources to provide 500 milligrams a day


Recommended Daily Intake (RDA):

Infants and Children



Vitamin C Deficiency Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers from the University of Toronto reported in the August, 2009 American Journal of Epidemiology that one out of seven young adults were deficient in vitamin C. Those young adults that were deficient in vitamin C had increased waist circumference, increased BMI or body mass index, increased blood pressure, and increased markers of inflammation. All of these findings point to the fact that these individuals are developing insulin resistance and may eventually lead to the metabolic syndrome and diabetes. The researchers concluded that it was important for young individuals to increase their intake of dietary vitamin C and even consider supplementing their diet with vitamin C to avoid this risk- Dr Ray Strand


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