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Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Foods & Supplements, Foods & Supplements A-F, Foods & Supplements T-Z | 0 comments

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C Powder)

Vitamin C is one of the most widely used vitamins in the world. This comes as no surprise since potential Vitamin C benefits are numerous:

  • Enhances the Immune System
    Provides Protection from Various Forms of Infection
    Formation and Maintenance of Collagen
    Production of Neurotransmitters
    Production of Thyroid Hormones
    Acts as a Natural Laxative
    Improves the Utilization of Blood Sugar
    Controls High Blood Pressure
    Reduces Cholesterol
    Enables Healthy Cell Development
    Supports the Absorption of Iron and Calcium
    Maintains Healthy Blood Vessels
    Assists in the Prevention of Blood Clotting
    Maintains the Health of Bones and Gums

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a white, crystalline, water-soluble substance found in citrus fruits and green vegetables. As an antioxidant, vitamin C scavenges free radicals in the body and protects tissues from oxidative stress. Vitamin C also promotes the absorption of iron, while preventing its oxidation. Vitamin C is a vital co-factor to the formation of collagen, the connective tissue that supports arterial walls, skin, bones, and teeth.

More vitamin C is contained in the adrenal glands than any other organ in the body and is required at higher levels during times of stress. Physical stresses on the body such as ingestion of heavy metals, cigarette smoking, immune impairment, extreme temperatures, and chronic use of certain medications such as aspirin also signal the need for increased intake of vitamin C.

Lack of vitamin C can lead to a condition called scurvy, which causes muscle weakness, swollen and bleeding gums, loss of teeth, and bleeding under the skin, as well as tiredness and depression. Wounds also do not heal easily. Your health care professional may treat scurvy by prescribing vitamin C for you.