10 Plus Benefits of Vitamin C

January 14th, 2013

Scientifically shown ascorbate acid promotes or enhances:

* Scurvy resistance: improved blood vessel and cardiovascular integrity

* Enhances hormone healthy and reduces hormone unhealthy actions

* Enhances neurotransmitter functions healthy and reduces unhealthy actions

* Promotes immune system healthy and reduces unhealthy actions

* Enhances nitrous oxide (NO) functions

* Enhances and repairs detoxification functions

* Enhances ATP energy compound production

* Enhances healthy bone formation

* Enhances and rebuilds glutathione functions

* Promotes iron balance [uptake and release]

* Reduces bio-accumulation of toxins

* Improves transit time

* Protects DNA from oxidative damage

* Reduces toxic minerals in body

* Enhances natural anti-cancer surveillance

* Direct tumor cytolytic effects

l-Ascorbate: Its scientific significance for human health

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid or l-ascorbate) is nature’s most potent, safer antioxidant cofactor. Ascorbate has gotten a fair amount of attention from the media in the last few years, including whether it is helpful, neutral, or harmful in limiting the number of colds, their symptoms, and their duration.

1. Ascorbate aids in the maintenance of cellular membranes, cellular respiration, the peroxidase cleansing system, the restoration of vitamin E /selenomethionine complexes, and sulfhydryl enzymes such as glutathionesynthetase, thereby helping to detoxify various drugs and chemicals.

2. Ascorbate is also involved in hormone biosynthesis and maintaining the integrity of connective tissue, cartilage, capillaries, bones, and teeth. Vitamin C is , therefore, important in wound repair and tissue healing.

3. Ascorbate has been shown to increase cellular resistance to many common viral infections (most probably due to its interferon-like activity) and enhance specific parameters of immune function.

All of these actions of ascorbate are related to its antioxidant or reducing or electron donating abilities. The use of ascorbate in health and disease is complex and sometimes misunderstood, although much less so when one considers the following facts and supportive background information. While almost all animals and plants synthesize their own vitamin C, exceptions are guinea pigs, monkeys, and humans. The first two of those eat mostly fresh vitamin C-rich foods: fruits and vegetation. Non-human animals, when adjusted for size and weight, make the equivalent of 5 to 15 grams of vitamin C a day, mostly in their livers and when stress free. Production can more than double when the animal is distressed. Our genetic ancestors once had the ability to synthesize vitamin C but appear to have lost it years ago. One enzyme is missing in a 6-enzyme process converting glucose to vitamin C. Scientists estimate that without this mutation, when healthy we would be making 10-30 grams of vitamin C a day throughout our lives and more when we are unwell or distressed.

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