By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
There are some interesting things you should know about Vitamin C. Vitamin C is water soluble. This means your body is not able to store it. Vitamin C has to be taken-in daily with the daily nutrients in your diet. Vitamin C is high in citrus fruits, broccoli and tomatoes. Some Vitamin C benefits include tissue repair as vitamin C helps the body make collagen which is an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. If you do not heal well from bruises for example you may be low in vitamin C. Low vitamin C symptoms may include high blood pressure, stroke, gum inflammation, dry or scaly skin, slow healing, nosebleeds, gallbladder disease, some cancers, plaque build up in blood vessels and more. Vitamin C sources can include leafy greens, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, berries and pineapple. Sometimes vitamin C pills can upset the stomach so companies make a buffered form or time released forms may be easier to digest. It is best to divide dosages into two times a day. Most vitamin C is derived from corn but there is a second form available that is corn free for people intolerant to corn. Many people contact us concerned about their vitamin levels, especially antioxidants like vitamin C. We have an easy to do blood test for nutrient deficiency that can provide answers to you.
Vitamin C is one form of a group called antioxidants. Others in this group include vitamin E, CoQ 10, Selenium, Beta Carotene, Alpha Lipoic Acid and more. Antioxidants protect our body from free radicals that want to cause havoc or damage.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.