Posts Tagged ‘vitamin C benefits’

Feeling Tired and Old? Is Vitamin C Your Miracle Supplement?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Sick and tired of being sick and tired?

How Vitamin C Deficiency Is Sucking the Life Out of You.

If you are deficient in vitamin C, you will quickly notice the signs of scurvy setting in. These symptoms are synonymous with what most people consider “feeling old”. First, you’ll be unmotivated to do anything. You’ll be tired, lethargic, and back-and-forth between depressed and anxious or irritable. Next, you will notice receding or spongy gums, bleeding gums, and bleeding from mucous membranes. This is the collagen matrix that holds your teeth securely in place breaking down. If you start getting sores on your thighs and legs, you are in very dangerous territory, as your body is completely breaking down, inside and out. After your teeth fall out, you will become jaundiced, get a fever, and die.
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Neurological Disorders and Vitamin D Part 2

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Neurological Vitamins

Are all of your Neurological Symptoms Being Caused by an Underlying Vitamin Deficiency?

Part 2: Why Vitamin D May or May Not Be Helping You

Before you begin, you may want to read Part 1 of this series by clicking here.

I’m Already Taking Medication for my Neurological Problems.

Most neurological disorders are treated with medications that alter the amounts of different hormones that are used by the body. Your doctor may prescribe a drug that increases serotonin absorption, for example. The problem with these medications is that they don’t fix the root of the problem. Over long treatment periods, they can cause the body to make less of the already depleted hormone. Supplementing with vitamin D and carefully managing prescription medication dosages can help you to fix the underlying sleep disorder that is causing the neurological symptoms.
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Why Do I Need Vitamin C?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Vitamin C does a lot more than help you to get over or avoid the common cold and flu. It is a potent antioxidant that is critical in helping your body to carry out many of its normal processes. Since vitamin C can only be consumed through diet or vitamins and supplements, it is necessary to consider what you could be doing to your body by failing to get enough.

Vitamin C is responsible for the function and repair of your bones, lungs, circulatory system, joints, immune system, and more. The recommended daily allowance by the government is just enough to keep a perfectly healthy person from developing a deficiency disease, such as scurvy. If you are exposed to any type of pollutant, allergen, chemical, or food additive then your daily requirement to stay healthy increases. Even stress and exercise produce free radicals that lead to oxidative stress, greatly increasing the need for vitamin C.

Free radicals are responsible for creating infection. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, protects cells, proteins and lipids from free radical damage. It also improves the function and life span of immune cells. This helps the body to defend itself from almost every infectious disease. It also has a dramatic effect on existing infections. An article in Life Extension Magazine reported that “studies of vitamin C supplementation in military personnel and other subjects living in close quarters have shown that pneumonia occurred a remarkable 80-100% less often in subjects taking vitamin C than in those who did not supplement with the vitamin”.

Vitamin C is also responsible for the production of collagen and elastin, which are the major components of connective tissues all over your body. All of your bones, joints, blood vessels and organs are constantly experiencing cell death and renewal. They are in constant need of collagen and elastin to repair themselves. Without enough, we experience unhealthy aging, cancers, high cholesterol, degraded neurotransmitters, improper hormone production, and a long list of inflammatory, degenerative, and infectious diseases.

Vitamin C is needed to properly produce cells, absorb calcium and iron, and prevent diseases such as cataracts, cancer, and heart disease. It also is necessary to regulate blood clotting, which prevents clotting and bleeding disorders.

Ascorbic acid is needed for dental health as well. Your gums are generally the first place that you will notice a difference if you’re not getting enough vitamin C. They are made up almost entirely of connective tissue that is stressed every time you bite down or clench your teeth. You may notice your gums most dramatically turning red, swelling, receding, or bleeding around the teeth that touch first when you gently close your jaw. This is because the gums experience the most stress in these areas. Gums that are inflamed or weak due to a lack of vitamin C are susceptible to gum disease. Gum disease starts as plaque, which recent studies have shown cannot form if proper levels of vitamin C are maintained. Even sailors in the 18th century knew that if their gums started bleeding that they were in danger of scurvy. This is still why many doctors use the health of your gums to determine if you’re on your way to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, lung dysfunction, high blood pressure, stroke, and many other health problems.

Ask your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C. If you have stomach or digestive issues, you can take a buffered form of vitamin C that is non-acidic, like sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder.

Sources:
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/oct2006_report_vitaminc_01.htm
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/gum_disease.htm

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About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Vitamin C Vital to Dental Health

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Bleeding gums are not only a sign of poor dental health, but also a sign of low vitamin C levels. Scurvy, or vitamin C deficiency, is characterized by hair and tooth loss, joint pain and swelling, bleeding, bruising easily, and fatigue. This is because vitamin C is needed to create collagen, the connective tissue that binds together everything in our bodies. Without it, you literally begin to fall apart.

Our bodies are constantly breaking down old tissues and rebuilding new ones with collagen. Even our bones go through this process. Because the gums use so much collagen, you will quickly notice if they’re not getting enough. It has been established that our gums turn over about 20% of their collagen every day.

Collagen builds up the gums, giving them the strength and health that they need to support circulation and tooth adherence. Receding gums also contribute to a receding gum line and tooth sensitivity that can be quickly overcome or vastly improved by consuming adequate amounts of vitamin C. Every time our teeth touch each other they use a little vitamin C. This is why you will notice that the teeth that touch first when you gently close your jaw will have the most gum recession, decay, and plaque. People that grind or clench their teeth will especially notice extra sensitivity and gum problems because of their increased need for vitamin C every day.

Inadequate vitamin C can lead to periodontal disease by opening up the tooth “pockets”. This can cause the gums to bleed and the teeth to fall out, but still at a slower rate than vitamin C deficiency does. Vitamin C keeps the bone around the root of the tooth from shrinking and causing the tooth to loosen by allowing the absorption of calcium into the bone and keeping the bone and tooth matrix strong.

Vitamin C also inhibits the formation of plaque and tartar. In the same manor that vitamin C removes plaque from artery walls and prevents new plaque from forming, it prevents and removes plaque from teeth. In fact, it has been referred to as the “invisible toothbrush” because in studies, people that only brushed their teeth once per day and consumed higher amounts of vitamin C had less plaque and bacteria on their teeth than the other participants that brushed their teeth two or more times per day. Pay attention to your gums if you start supplementing. You could notice your gums tightening as early as the first day.

The “Recommended Daily Allowance” of vitamins is based on the prevention of deficiency and scurvy in a perfectly healthy person, not the individual needs of someone specific. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, an average amount needed per day to prevent heart disease, periodontal disease and cancer is around 10,000 mg per day. That’s the equivalent of about 100 large oranges per day or 72 cups of orange juice per day. It’s no wonder that over 95% of Americans have tooth decay, periodontal disease or gingivitis.

The best vitamin C for dental health is sodium ascorbate. Mineral ascorbates, or mineral salts of sodium ascorbate, lack the acidity of other forms of vitamin C, therefore causing less tooth erosion and stomach discomfort in higher doses. If you take vitamin C in the form of calcium ascorbate, make sure that you do not exceed 2500 mg of calcium in a 24 hour period. Because of the dangers of overdosing on calcium, sodium ascorbate, like the vitamin c found in our vitamin C powder, is recommended for higher vitamin C intakes.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://www.cforyourself.com/Conditions/Dental_Health/dental_health.html
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/
http://www.doctoryourself.com/toothbrush.html
http://osteoporosis.emedtv.com/calcium/calcium-overdose.html
http://www.gum-disease-teeth-oral-ada.com/ascorbate.htm

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This entire article may be reprinted free of charge provided that the “About the Author” section of the article, sources, and all links in the article are included. For shorter quotations, a clear link to the blog post or Wholesale Nutrition is sufficient.