We all know that vitamin C is extremely important for our bodies and for our health. We all hear that vitamin C is good for the common cold, and whenever we start getting the sniffles, we run out and buy some orange juice. But what exactly is it that this all important vitamin C actually does for our systems?
Stress—Vitamin C is extremely beneficial to those who have weakened immune systems due to stress. Vitamin C is actually sensitive to stress, and is the first nutrient to be depleted in alcoholics, smokers, and obese individuals.
Colds—Although vitamin C is not the actual “cure” for the common cold, it plays a large role in preventing a cold or flu from getting any worse. Complications that can arise from colds or the flu, which include pneumonia and lung infection, can be reduced and prevented by taking vitamin C.
Stroke—The Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who have high levels of concentrations of vitamin C in their blood have a 42% lower risk of stroke. Although the reasons are not entirely clear, it is still a report worth noting. People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables have a higher blood level of vitamin C.
Skin Aging—Vitamin C can also help your skin more easily take in nutrients that are important in terms of regeneration. The skin needs to stay rejuvenated and moist if it wants to stay young looking and vitamin C is one way to accomplish this task.
Also—Other studies indicate, but are not confirmed, that vitamin C may also improve macular degeneration, reduce inflammation, and reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The information provided in this post comes from WebMD.com and Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan.