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The Importance Of Vitamin C

The importance of vitamin C, taken daily, cannot be understated. There are many vitamins that your body needs every single day in order to function properly, one of which is vitamin C. The best way to get vitamin C is to each a balanced diet that includes foods like green peppers, citrus fruits, strawberries, green vegetables, fish, potatoes, broccoli, milk, and tomatoes. Look at the labels on your foods. Vitamin C is sometimes also called ascorbic acid. If you are worried that you cannot get enough vitamin C naturally in your food, talk to a doctor. He or she may recommend a daily vitamin C supplement to help you maintain the correct levels of vitamin C in your body.

The importance of Vitamin C is because it is one of 13 vitamins that out body needs. Some of these vitamins are fat-soluble, which means that our body can store them for later use. However, vitamin C is one of vitamins in the body that is not fat-soluble. Therefore, the body cannot store it and it must be consumed every day. How much vitamin C you should have in your body depends on your age, gender, weight, lifestyle, and whether you are pregnant or not.

What does vitamin C do? Basically , vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means that it battles the forces in our body that can cause organ, tissue, and cell damage. Therefore, vitamin C protects the body and may specifically be linked to reducing the signs of aging. If you do not have enough vitamin C in your body, you will develop scurvy. Scurvy is very uncommon in the United States, but can cause anemia, gum disease, skin hemorrhages, and weakness.

In most cases, you will automatically get enough vitamin C in your foods, especially if you are eating a healthy diet. If you are not and your doctor tells you to begin taking vitamin C supplements, look carefully at the labels of different brands before you buy anything. Because vitamin supplements are classified as foods and not drugs, they are not regulated by the government and each brand's potency will vary slightly from the next. 

Recommended Dosage and Why We Need More

The recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C is 60 to 95 milligrams, according to the US National Academy of Sciences. The World Health Organization recommends at least 45 milligrams in a day. Another organization with its own suggested vitamin C intake is the Linus Pauling Institute which recommends 4000 milligrams a day. But a personís need for vitamin C may vary from another. Smokers, for example, may need to take more vitamin C since smoking significantly decreases the levels of vitamin C in the body. Drinking alcohol can also affect a personís capacity to use vitamin C.

In food processing like canning, vitamin C will tend to be destroyed and the foodís vitamin C content may not be very accurate as to what the labels say. Cooking may also reduce the foodís vitamin C content. A person under medication and who are taking drugs like oral contraceptives, antidepressants, anticoagulants and analgesics will need to take more vitamin C than what is recommended since these drugs can reduce the vitamin C levels in the body. Since vitamin C is water-soluble, it can be directly released from the body through urination without having the chance to perform its highly needed role.

So always take as much vitamin C as you can. You can probably get enough vitamin C from the food you eat but taking vitamin C supplements is wise and will ensure that your body is getting enough.