Since vitamin C is a water-soluble micronutrient and cannot be stored in your body, it should be included in your diet every day. It helps your adrenal gland regulate your levels of stress hormones. Under stress, you use up even more, so you need to increase your intake during those times. Ascorbic acid helps your body absorb the mineral iron. It also helps contribute to the health of your teeth and gums.
The vitamin aids your body in producing the protein collagen, which gives structure to your muscles, the tissues of your blood-vessel system, your bones and cartilage, your teeth and gums. Vitamin C can also help lower blood cholesterol. Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease by increasing HDL cholesterol. Possible crucial role for C in mental functioning and behavior. Can prevent buildup of heavy metals like lead, mercury, and aluminum that lead to mental retardation and Alzheimer's disease.
Along with vitamins A and E, C is a potent antioxidant, chemically neutralizing oxidation products ("free radicals") before they can damage delicate cell DNA and membranes. As such, it has clear anticancer properties. It also seems to help neutralize many carcinogens before they damage body tissues.
Of all the vitamins, C has the most potent good effects on your immune system, increasing the weight of essential immune tissues like the thymus and lymph nodes. It also energizes your white blood cells that fight infection, and helps your body manufacture a chemical that promotes antibody production. C protects two other vitamins, A and E, from breakdown.
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RDA: 60 mg for men and women
Optimal Level: 2 grams
Maximum: 4 grams
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