Vitamin C: A Review of All the Health Benefits



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Vitamin C is an essential, water soluble vitamin. It has other names such as ascorbic acid and has been called the most popular supplement in the world. It is essential because humans can not synthesize vitamin C and must obtain it from their diet. I’m just going to briefly summarize the things I think are worth knowing about vitamin C. Everything I’m going to say is evidence based with research to back it up.

It is well known as a vitamin supplement taken to prevent the common cold. I looked up the data for this. A 2013 meta-analysis of 29 trials (n = 11,306) showed a small but significant 8 percent reduction in the duration of cold symptoms in adults regularly taking vitamin C supplements (at least 200 mg/day). In the general population it does not reduce the risk of developing a cold or getting sick. It does appear to have a protective effect in highly active individuals. In other words, the evidence is not strong that vitamin C is dramatically helpful in preventing or treating the common cold in most people.

Vitamin C has not been shown to reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease, cataracts or macular degeneration

SOURCES
citric fruits, kiwi fruits, apples, vegetables, potatoes, leafy greens, and fortified cereals

RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE
Males 90 mg/day
Females 75 mg/day
Should not exceed 2000 mg/day

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbate, ascorbic acid, dehydroascorbic acid. It is a well known antioxidant. It has been associated with the common cold (acute coryza, adenovirus), head cold, nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis, rhinovirus, scurvy, URI or upper respiratory infection. It is used by bodybuilders and weight lifters as a recovery supplement, it may help boost the immune system, helps with collagen synthesis, muscle building.

Source: Vitamin C: A Review of All the Health Benefits

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