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Facts - Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, known to assist andenhance many processes in the human body. Fruits and vegetables are valuablesources of this vitamin, but it can also be made in a laboratory.

Vitamin C is essential for the growth and healing of everyproblem in the body. It is beneficial in ligament, tendon and skin problems andalso in blood vessel issues. For centuries people use vitamin C to speed up woundhealing, prevent and heal scurvy and promote good health of the body. This vitaminis important to make collagen and thus also very relevant for the skin, bloodvessels and scars. Bones, cartilage and teeth always benefit from vitamin C.

There are also many different conditions when one can usevitamin C, including some relatively mild conditions such as gum problems, stomachulcers, acne, skin infections, bladder and prostate problems and bronchitis. Evensome serious medical issues can benefit from vitamins C and it’s frequentlyused in people suffering from HIV/ADIS, tuberculosis and dysentery.

Scurvy was historically often a problem of sailors and otherpeople that spent many days on the ship. Lack of stock of fresh fruits andvegetables was causing gum bleeding, teeth loss, spots on the skin anddepression.

These days, vitamin C is most commonly used to treat commoncold and enhance human immune system.

Vitamin C Side Effects

The recommended daily doses of vitamin C are still reasonfor debate, but many doctors agree that 45 to 95mg of vitamin C will besufficient for most people.

Too much of vitamin C can cause some unpleasant, but notvery dangerous effects. These effects may warn you that you overstepped withthese supplements. Extremely high doses can affect your teeth, kidneys and leadto the formation of leg blood clots.

People using high doses of vitamin C may experience: nausea,vomiting, heartburn, abdominal cramps, headaches or diarrhea. Some of themmight also complain about tiredness, skin flushing, drowsiness and sleepingproblems.

Vitamin C is used in skin products, especially to preventthe tissue damage from radiation therapy. These patients could suffer from skinirritation or skin allergies to vitamin C. Allergy symptoms are usually skin rash,hives, swelling of the mouth or the throat and breathing problems.

Too much of vitamin C, as we said, can cause more severe sideeffects, including: teeth decay (associated with the long term use of chewingvitamin C tablets), kidney stones, deep vein thrombosis (leg clots), orhemolysis in some patients. Vitamin C may also cause problems for people withkidney related problems. High doses of this vitamin may be responsible forincreased absorption of aluminum, which may worsen the situation in kidneydisease patients.

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