Vitamin C was the first
vitamin found. It is essential for our daily lives. Also known as Ascorbic
Acid, Vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant which can help our bodies fight free radicals, harmful chemicals,
and environmental pollutants which make us age faster than we should.
Vitamin C's primary role is to help our body's form collagen, and help us absorb iron. Vitamin C is usually used internally as a supplement, but it can also be used externally on the skin. It's actually wonderful to use for facial treatments because of it's collagen and anti-oxident properties.
Taking larger amounts of Vitamin C when you feel a cold coming on has been extremely helpful for many people to help reduce the affects of the cold and the severity of the symptoms too. When you're using higher amounts of vitamin C though, it's a good idea to add extra Vitamin B complexes and Calcium because high amounts of Vitamin C will flush those out of your system.
There is a very long list of things Vitamin C is essential for inside our bodies. This isn't all inclusive here, but we've tried to be extensive in the room we have. Vitamin C helps prevent disease, bacterial, and viral infections in our bodies. This is why it's so important to take while we're sick.
Vitamin C also helps with diabetes and cancer, it can help the body handle stress better, it's useful for treating allergies and sinus problems, and it is excellent to use for tonsil and ear infections.
Vitamin C also helps the heart and circulatory system too though. It helps improve circulation of the blood, helps prevent hardening of the arteries, and helps prevent high blood cholesterol too. It also gives us added energy, increases our mental abilities, helps improve our complexion and fingernails, and helps keep us looking younger too.
A few signs that a person could be deficient in vitamin C include having swollen and painful joints, having frequent nosebleeds and bleeding gums, getting bruises easily, and having weak bones and teeth.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are the natural food sources of Vitamin C. These can include apples, oranges, lemons, limes, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, and cherries. If you like spicy foods, green and red peppers are also excellent sources of Vitamin C.
Herbal sources of vitamin C are plentiful too. Parsley actually contains more Vitamin C than citrus fruits do for instance, and it has a large variety of other nutritional elements, vitamins and minerals in it too. Other excellent herbs include Alfalfa, Capsicum (Cayenne), Chickweed, Dandelion, Garlic, Giner, Kelp, Peppermin, and Thyme.
Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.