Vitamin C: Why it is important?
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Vitamin C: Why it is important?

Sayali Naik

Vitamin C also is known as ascorbic acid, an essential vitamin, meaning it can’t be produced by the body and the body does not store it. It has impressive benefits. To maintain adequate levels of vitamin C, humans need a daily intake of food that contains it. It is a water-soluble vitamin which occurs naturally in some foods, especially, fruit and vegetables and in supplements too. It is a vital nutrient for health which helps form and maintains bones, skin, and blood vessels. The benefits of vitamin C may include protection against the immune system, deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

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What are the benefits of Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues.

It's involved in many body functions, including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.

It is one of many antioxidants that can protect against damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, as well as toxic chemicals and pollutants like cigarette smoke. Free radicals can build up and contribute to the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.

Vitamin C is easily absorbed both in food and in pill form, and it can enhance the absorption of iron when the two are eaten together.

How much is enough?

Vitamin C is water soluble which is an important role in a number of bodily functions including the production of collagen, L-carnitine, and some neurotransmitters. A dose of 500-1000mg/ day is enough. This vitamin helps metabolize proteins and its antioxidant activity may reduce the risk of some cancers. Vitamin C is not stored in the body (excess amounts are excreted), so overdose is not a concern. But it's still important not to exceed the safe upper limit of 2,000 milligrams a day to avoid stomach upset and diarrhoea.

What does deficiency of Vitamin C cause?

Deficiency of vitamin C is relatively rare, and primarily seen in malnourished people. In extreme cases, it can lead to scurvy- a disease characterized by weakness, anaemia, bruising, bleeding, and loose teeth. And due to deficiency, the above processes get affected and cause other problems.

What are its sources?

Vitamin C is water-soluble and found in many fruits and vegetables. Consume vitamin-C-rich fruits and vegetables raw, or cook them with minimal water so you don't lose some of the water-soluble vitamins in the cooking water, including:

Cantaloupe, 1 cup (8 ounces): 59mg

Orange juice, 1 cup: 97mg

Broccoli, cooked, 1 cup: 74mg

Red cabbage, 1/2 cup: 40mg

Green pepper, 1/2 cup, 60mg

Red pepper, 1/2 cup, 95mg

Kiwi, 1 medium: 70mg

Tomato juice, 1 cup: 45mg.

Sometimes there is an inadequate supply of Vitamin C to the body when the take is not much or if there is loss of vitamins in cooking and washing. One step solution to keep in check the levels is to take an easy supplement on the go like Fast & Up charge.

Fast&Up Charge is a completely Natural Vitamin C supplement which delivers immunity boosting ingredients like natural Amla Extract and Zinc to help boost immune activity, support a robust immune response and increase resistance to immune challenges.

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