Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)- Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources
Other names :: Ascorbic acid, L-dehydroascorbic acid
Vitamin C also known as, ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, dehydroascorbic acid, the antiscorbutic vitamin, L-xyloascorbic acid and L-threo-hex-2-uronic acidy-lactone, is a much talked about vitamin, with people claiming it as a cure-all for may diseases and problems - from cancer to the common cold. Vitamin C is the most widely taken supplement in America. And with good reason. It is responsible for the formation, maintenance, and repair of collagen, the substance that forms the foundation of skin, ligaments, cartilage, vertebral discs, joint linings, capillary walls, and the bones and teeth. Also, it is required for utilizing carbohydrates and synthesizing fats and proteins.
Actions and benefits of vitamin C
Recommended dosage of vitamin C
Signs of Overdose:
Deficiency symptoms of Vitamin C
When more may be required
Best food sources of vitamin C
All fruits and vegetables, especially strawberries, blackberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, apples, persimmons, guavas, mangos, acerola, cherries, potatoes, cabbage, kale, papayas, spinach, broccoli, turnip greens, green bell peppers, red peppers, avocados, bananas, collards, black currants, parsley, rose hips, etc.
How to use vitamin C
Liquid: the best form due to its high bioavailability and fast absorption. Always choose liquid as your first choice when supplementing your diet.
Tablets: taking 1.5 hours after a meal is generally recommended. Effervescent is also available.
Injectable forms are available from your doctor.
If aspirin and standard vitamin C (ascorbic acid) are taken together in large doses, stomach irritation can occur, possibly leading to ulcers . If you take aspirin regularly, use an esterified form of vitamin C, and take it separately from the aspirin.
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