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Vitamin C: Use of ascorbic acid

Ascorbic acid is very helpful

Ascorbic acid is another term for what we all know as vitamin C. this is a water-soluble type of vitamin which is very important in the process of absorption of iron. It is also one of the important factors in the formation of collagen in the blood vessels, muscles, cartilage and the bones. Fortunately enough, there are numerous dietary sources of this important vitamin and those usually include different types of fruits and vegetables. Those who suffer from severe instances of vitamin C deficiency may sometimes get affected by scurvy. Scurvy occurs only in rare cases, but when it does it may lead to rather serious medical consequences and sometimes even sudden death. It can only be treated by vitamin C and it requires constant medical supervision. Among numerous different types of proposed uses for the vitamin C, only a few have been confirmed by official scientific studies. The studies which addressed the use of vitamin C for the treatment of diabetes, cancer and asthma are largely inconclusive. No study has confirmed that vitamin C can be used for the treatment or prevention of heart disease or cataracts. The use of vitamin C for the prevention and treatment of common cold and a large number of different types of respiratory infections is still a somewhat controversial matter. According to certain studies, vitamin C cannot reduce the risk of developing common colds. Those same studies have also shown that vitamin C cannot be of any help when it comes to reducing the severity of all the symptoms of a common cold. It can only be helpful in slightly reducing the duration of common colds and other sorts of respiratory infections. It may be an interesting fact that vitamin C reduces the risk of developing a cold at least by 50 percent in extreme circumstances such as cold weather and exhausting physical activities. It is because of that the vitamin C is of particular importance to military personnel and elite athletes.

Vitamin C is one of the most significant factors of the growth and self-repairs of the bones and different tissues in the human body. There are numerous vitamin C supplements available on the market, but there are no scientific studies which would confirm all the health benefits they are believed to provide. There are also numerous claims that vitamin C has very potent antioxidant properties, but these claims also miss the scientific studies which would confirm them. According to various studies, vitamin C is not that helpful in the prevention and treatment of serious medical conditions such as stroke or high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It is an interesting fact that certain studies have shown that vitamin C is very helpful when it comes to decreasing the risk of peripheral arterial disease in women. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about men. This is mainly due to the fact that vitamin C combined with vitamin E only in certain types of slow release formulations provides the desired results. One should note that such formulation have virtually no effect in women who are postmenopausal. It is also known that vitamin C may be of help to a certain extent in people who suffer from hypertension and usually take it along with their prescribed antihypertensive medicaments. This can only be said for those who suffer from both hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Dosing and possible dangers

Some people seem to take significant amounts of vitamin C, believing that its beneficial effects will have an even stronger impact. According to certain studies, it is completely foolish to do such a thing, because doses larger than 200 milligrams cannot even be utilized by the human body. All the unused amounts of the substances get released through the urine. The best natural sources of vitamin C include sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, citrus fruits and juices and green peppers. One should be aware of the fact that heat and light ten to reduce the levels of vitamin C, so it best to consume vegetables and fruits while they are still uncooked and fresh. Potential side effects which may occur when taking vitamin C in its supplemental form include headaches, cramps, heartburn, nausea and vomiting. In some severe cases, it may lead to slightly more severe medical conditions such as severe diarrhea, kidney stones and dental erosion. Some rare cases have also included side effects such as gastritis, fatigue, dizziness, faintness and flushing. Vitamin C is also known for sometimes interacting with certain types of medicaments such as blood thinners, antacids, acetaminophen and Aspirin. Its positive effects get reduced by the ingestion of nicotine. There are certain groups of people who need to avoid vitamin C due to certain potential risks. Those include people who suffer from kidney disease, liver disease or gout, along with pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. 

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