Importance of Vitamin C
It is a necessary supplement that is associated with the rebuilding of tissue and the biological production of necessary neurotransmitters. It is needed for the performance of various enzymes and is vital for immune system to function. It also performs as an antioxidant.
An adult should take around 2000 mg/day of vitamin C to protect them from cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and better immunity for long life.
Source of Vitamin C
Richest source is fruits and vegetables. Fruits like grape, kiwi…cantaloupe leaf. Sufficient amount of it to be considered to be excellent sources as well as vegetables like Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Tomato, Green Pepper etc, are also very good sources of their vitamins.
Function of Vitamin C
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is essential for the repair of our body tissue, forming collagen in our body, maintain our bones and cartilages as well. As for proper function and growth of our body, It also support the function of our immune system.
Its antioxidant properties protects our body against damage caused by free radical and harmful chemicals & pollutants.
People prone to its deficiency are
- Children who consume boiled or evaporated milk only.
- Smokers or who exposed to smoking.
- Patients with intestinal problem or illness.
- People who do not have a proper diet or stick to a particular from of diet.
Problem caused by Deficiency
Deficiency of this vitamin causes “SCURVY” It can also lead to other health problem or illness like anemia, bleeding of gums, pain in the lower limbs, swelling in the parts of the body, ulcer in gums, or loss of teeth.
Side effects of overdose
Appropriate dose of intake is vital because of its many health benefits.
Over intake of Vitamin C can lead to side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.
Ascorbate cleanse or Vitamin C flush
It is believed by some that intake of high level can help the body to get rid of harmful toxins. Hence people advocating this method advise us to incorporate high amount of Vitamin-C in our diet at proper intervals so that toxins are flushed out of our system through watery stools though this process may have few side effects and risks.