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Issue 53: Hidden Benefits of Vitamin C

Chances are good that we have all heard about the benefits of vitamin C in the diet. This water-soluble vitamin, also known as ascorbic acid, is a primary antioxidant that is essential in the prevention of scurvy.

It is also necessary for tissue growth and for blood vessel health, for the formation of collagen (the connective tissue in skin, ligaments, and bones), and wound healing. Additionally, vitamin C assists in the absorption of calcium and iron, the utilization of folic acid, and gives antioxidant protection to the eyes.

In short, it is a pretty phenomenal vitamin that we just cannot do without.

Although vitamin C can do a lot, there are still some gray areas as to its full capabilities. For instance, the idea that vitamin C can assist in prevention of the common cold is still undergoing debate. According to Mayoclinic.com, scientific studies generally indicate that, as far as the prevention of the onset of cold symptoms, that vitamin C may not be fully up to the task.

What many of us may not be aware of, however, is vitamin C’s role in memory and concentration. Since vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it provides protective support for the body against free radicals—even those that can adversely affect the brain.

The fact is that vitamin C plays an important role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, which are critical to brain function. Vitamin C specifically has an effect on the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which affects parts of the brain where attention and response actions are governed.

Great sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits and their juices; papayas; hot chili peppers; bell peppers; broccoli, potatoes, dark leafy greens; kale; red cabbage; cauliflower; cantaloupe; sweet potatoes; and Brussels sprouts.

With all the amazing benefits from vitamin C, be sure that you get sufficient amounts in your diet.

And don’t forget—it can also help your memory and concentration!

 

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.


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