Jan 7, 2019 | From the Desk of Dr. Eston Wenger of Premier Surgical Cleveland
Vitamin C : How Your Body Benefits
It’s not new news that Vitamin C is essential to living a healthy life. However, the means in which you intake Vitamin C can be much more enjoyable than a One A Day, horse pill. In fact, there are so many tasty, natural ways to take in this vitamin. Moreover, here are some creative and tasty ways to get in your Vitamin C each day.
Vitamin C 101
In short, Vitamin C acts as your body’s frontline in battle against viruses and germs in general. It also serves as an excellent antioxidant in your body, which helps get rid of any nasty, “no-good-doing” germs that are lingering around inside your body. Vitamin C also plays a big role in the upkeep of muscle tissue, bones, and it even helps your body to absorb iron through collagen assistance.
Will Vitamin C Prevent Or Shorten The Common Cold?
The real question is, “Does Vitamin C really help fight against the common cold?” The answer is a complicated yes. After decades of intense studies and research, health professionals have concluded that those who took Vitamin C supplements or ate a diet rich in Vitamin C daily were less likely to develop the common cold than those who didn’t.
In fact, it was also concluded that if a person were to take Vitamin C during their first signs of the common cold, the duration of the infliction was reduced by 8% in adults and 14% in children. So next time that you feel like you might be coming down with a cold, grab some Emergen-C or a bowl of fruit and drink plenty of water! You might be surprised to see that your immune system steps up when fueled correctly to defeat the germs that cause the common cold.
Does Vitamin C Reduce Cancer Risks?
Cancer is a deadly disease that seems to be attacking people of every background and ethnicity, without mercy. Billions of dollars have been spent in attempt to find a cure for cancer that actually works that doesn’t require months of painful chemo or radiation treatments.
Unfortunately, our diet plays a large role in cancer development. Multiple studies have been conducted that say MSG, added antibiotics, and genetically modified foods increase your risk of developing cancer. In America, just about any fast food restaurant or buffet you choose will have at least two of the three above. So what do we do? What if we searched out cancer-fighting foods that would combat our unhealthy food “norms”?
Since Vitamin C has natural antioxidant power that helps your body fight against cancer, why not search out foods that have Vitamin C in them? Next time you’re at the grocery store in the checkout line, skip out on the Reeses candy bar and go for the banana. You might be surprised about how much better it will leave you feeling after you eat it in comparison to the sugar-packed candy.
Does Vitamin C Protect Against Heart Disease?
Heart disease is known as a “silent killer” that sneaks up on most of its victims. For example, a seemingly healthy person may have had the beginning stages of heart disease for nearly a decade. It’s only until the person goes for a routine checkup or experiences some kind of discomfort that concerns them that heart disease is discovered and diagnosed.
What causes heart disease? There are actually several risk factors associated with heart disease including smoking, excessive drinking, unhealthy diets rich in fat, and even genetics. Several of those risk factors are totally in control of the person who becomes a heart patient. However, you can’t do too much about your genetic makeup. It’s how you’re wired. But you can do something about your lifestyle and the diet you choose.
Vitamin C is naturally healthy and doesn’t contain anything that lends itself to heart disease whatsoever. So instead of going for the candy bar that we mentioned earlier or the deep fried corn dog 3X a week, grab a salad and decorate it! How do you decorate a salad? Glad you asked.
The days of boring salads are over. Forget about the iceberg lettuce. After all, it’s just water anyway. Try a yummy spring mix or if you like Italian, grab a bag of romaine lettuce. Now, get creative! Add berries, oranges, vinaigrette dressing, cheese, seeds, and your choice of a lean protein such as fish or chicken. Good chances are that you won’t think salads are boring anymore after your tastebuds experience this kind of salad.
Does Vitamin C Stimulates Hair Growth?
Having healthy hair is important, no matter if you are a male or female. Having healthy hair is a sure-fire indicator that you have a healthy body overall. For example, healthy hair is supported by Biotin. Biotin is found in some foods and in most vitamin supplements.
However, Biotin is not the only vitamin that plays a part in keeping your hair looking as good as possible. Vitamin C is a big contributor to healthy, strong hair. So don’t skip out on every chance you get to intake Vitamin C.
Does Vitamin C Promote Healthy Skin?
We can just about all attest to a time that we have spent too much time in the sun without proper skin protectant applied. More than likely a painful sunburn followed. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you just tan. However, regardless of your skin pigmentation, your skin still faces risks when it is over-exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
After years of exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, your skin faces risks of developing cancerous cells such as melanoma. It’s important to take your skin’s health seriously when out in the elements. I am not saying to become an indoor recluse, but I am simply suggesting you add a little SPF to your life next summer.
What does Vitamin C have to do with any of this? Well, Vitamin C plays a direct role in collagen production. Collagen is a big part of most anti-aging products on the market today. Between applying sunscreen and making sure that you intake enough Vitamin C to help promote collagen in your skin, you’ll be looking younger for longer. Win-win.
Does Vitamin C Give You Energy?
Put the energy drink down. The side effects of energy drink consumption far outweigh their benefits for temporary energy boosts. Instead of ingesting these kinds of blood pressure and sugar raising drinks, try Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is the original energy supplement. Not caffeine or taurine. Your body needs Vitamin C to make L-Carnitine, which helps you burn fat for energy. In fact, the National Institutes of Health concluded that fatigue was one of the first signs of Vitamin C deficiency.
So instead of skipping your vitamins in the morning, make sure you get your Vitamin C in somehow. If you are like the majority of the population and prefer not to swallow a horse pill each day, jump into the natural ways to find Vitamin C – your body will be so glad that you did!
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