Vitamin C a miracle supplement

Oxidation reactions in the body produce free radicals. Free radicals chemically damage cells. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, neutralizing the effects of free radicals such as those brought on by pollution, toxic chemicals found in our food, drinking water, and certain food additives.  When taken in conjunction with vitamin E, vitamin C has demonstrated some effectiveness in reducing carcinogens associated with colon cancer.  Vitamin C may play a role in clearing harmful nitrosamines associated with gastric and esophageal cancers. Lower levels of vitamin C can increase the risk of cervical disease and cancer in women.

Because of its role in the production of connective tissue, vitamin C is important in the healing process of wounds and burns.  Vitamin C supplementation is also important following major trauma or surgery.   

Vitamin C is important for joint health because it helps to keep synovial fluid, (joint lubricant), thin, making joint movement easier.  As a result, vitamin C may provide relief to arthritic patients.

Vitamin C improves the integrity of the vertebral disks, and can also be helpful to patients with back pain.

Vitamin C is important in stress reactions. Significant concentrations of vitamin C are found in the adrenal glands, which release epinephrine and norepinephrine in stressful situations. Vitamin C also is important in the production of neurotransmitters (nerve chemicals).  Vitamin C needs to be replenished during times of stress. 

Smoking and over consumption of alcohol can lead to very low blood levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important nutrient in the restoration of good liver function in cases of alcoholic cirrhosis.

Vitamin C has also been shown to be helpful in detoxifying the body in cases of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin addiction.  People who frequently take analgesics, antidepressants, anticoagulants, oral contraceptives, and steroids may also have depleted levels of vitamin C.

Taken with vitamin E and zinc, vitamin C has been used to reduce cataracts and improve eyesight.

Vitamin C has also been used in conjunction with other herbs and vitamins to improve hearing. High levels of vitamin C have also been shown to reduce the length and severity of herpes outbreaks, especially shingles.  Applications of vitamin C cream are an effective treatment for poison ivy.

Great sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, kale, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, collard greens, asparagus, avocados, cantaloupe, mangoes, green peas, pineapple, radishes, spinach, brussel sprouts and turnip greens.  Sweet peppers are particularly good because they retain higher concentrations of vitamin C longer than other vegetables.