Wellness Resources: Vitamin C is highly concentrated in the adrenal glands, a lack of vitamin C leads to easy fatigue from stress.
The immune system uses vitamin C for many of its routine functions. A lack of C may reduce effectiveness of basic immune chores.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, working synergistically with other antioxidants to help protect the body. Stress increases the need for vitamin C.
How Vitamin C Stops Cancer ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2007)
- The conventional wisdom of how antioxidants such as vitamin C help prevent cancer growth is that they grab up volatile oxygen free radical molecules and prevent the damage they are known to do to our delicate DNA. The Hopkins study, led by Chi Dang, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and oncology and Johns Hopkins Family Professor in Oncology Research, unexpectedly found that the antioxidants' actual role may be to destabilize a tumor's ability to grow under oxygen-starved conditions. Their work is detailed this week in Cancer Cell.
Natural News: Vitamin C has many essential roles in the body.
- It is required for the synthesis of collagen, which is a main structural protein in our bodies, giving support to our tissues, including strengthening our blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, bone, and teeth.
- It is also required for synthesis of hormones, neurotransmitters, and other important substances needed for metabolism.
- It is a powerful antioxidant. It neutralizes free radicals before they have a chance to damage our cells.
Vitamin C is arguably one of the most important antioxidants in our human physiology for its versatility and wide ranging presence.
We can support our health and reduce our risk of degenerative diseases by making sure not to skimp on our 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
We may fortify ourselves with a good quality multi-vitamin supplement for the extra vitamin C it provides.
Mercola.com Keeping bones strong:
It's not just calcium anymore: Researchers say substances found in fruit and vegetables, such as zinc, magnesium, potassium, fiber and vitamin C, can keep middle-aged women's bones strong and fracture free.
The authors point out that most studies on nutrition and bone health have focused on calcium intake and paid less attention to the role of other micronutrients.
According to the researchers, intakes of nutrients found in abundance in fruits and vegetables - namely, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and magnesium - were positively associated with bone health.
Vitamin C appears to aid in bone formation while magnesium is extremely important in skeletal metabolism. In fact, recent studies suggest that magnesium deficiency may contribute to osteoporosis.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition January 2000;71:142-151 (Free Full Text Article)
Timothy Smith, MD (Book: Renewal)
- Dozens of studies have documented the connection between increased consumption of vitamin C and reduced risk of most cancers.
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant with proven anti-aging effects.
- To reap the benefits, you need much more vitamin C than the RDA of 60 mg. This amount may prevent scurvy but it won't support Renewal. For this, you need the ODA of 1,000 to 10,000 mg.
A program to prevent osteoporosis includes Vitamin C. Russell Blaylock, MD (Book: Health and Nutrition Secrets)
- You will need Vitamin C to strengthen the bone matrix.
- 500 mg three times a day either as calcium or magnesium ascorbate three times a day
More info on the structure and function of Vitamin C.