Most of us know that Vitamin C is the vitamin that cures the world’s oldest known nutritional deficiency disease, scurvy. Vitamin C is water soluble and is absorbed from the small intestine. It is concentrated in many tissues throughout the body but the adrenal glands contain the highest concentration. We cannot manufacture vitamin C so we must depend on our diet or nutritional supplements as a primary source. Vitamin C plays a major role in the synthesis of collagen & elastin, the major structural components of skin, bone matrix, tooth dentin, blood vessels, & connective tissue between cells. Collectively, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, comprising 25-30% of total body protein.
Vitamin C’s is one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants. It helps the body handle all types of stress. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of the body’s main stress hormones in the adrenal glands. This vitamin increases HDL levels, decreases LDL levels, decreases free radical oxidation of cholesterol, decreases levels of lipoprotein (a) which is known to form atherosclerotic plaques. It helps to boost the immune system. Vitamin C reduces the frequency & intensity of bronchial spasms in asthmatics. It has some antiviral properties, detoxifies heavy metals, increases the healing process, and is capable of regenerating the antioxidant form of vitamin E.
Medications that deplete Vitamin C include:
Estradiol (Estradiol & Norethidrone, Estradiol & Testosterone)
Ethinyl Estradiol (Ethinyl Estradiol & Desogetel or Fluoxymesterone or Levonorgestrel or Norgestimate).
Hydrocodone & Aspirin
Oxycodone & Aspirin
Prednisone or Prednisolone
EFFECTS OF DEPLETION
Fragile capillaries, hemorrhage, muscular weakness, easy bruising, gums that bleed easily, poor wound healing, anemia, poor appetite, poor growth, and tender and swollen joints.
Dietary sources of Vitamin C include:
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