Some animals manufacture the vitamins by themselves, however, man has to depend on diet foods for it.
The natural foods for this vitamin include orange juice, black currants, broccoli, papayas, cabbage, brussels sprouts,collards, potatoes, grape fruits, strawberries, spinach, lemons, mangos, tomatoes, and guava.
People who are over 55 years old
What are vitamin C benefits
The C vitamin is good for healing bleeding gums, burns, sores, and wounds.
Vitamin C assists other medicines to cure urinary tract infections speedily.
The vitamin also curbs blood cholesterol. It does contribute to hemoglobin and red blood cell production in bone marrow.
The vitamin helps adrenal glands to function properly.
It helps to decrease blood clots on the veins.
Vitamin C helps in
treating common colds.
It is also a part treatment for anemia.
Vitamin C benefits may also include preventing or
some forms of cancer, heart disease, skin ulcers,
herpes infection of eyes and genitals, and bed sores.
It may also retard anti aging.
Vitamin C deficiency symptoms
Ascorbic acid’s deficiency may include the following: Swollen or painful joints, nosebleeds, muscle weakness, loss of teeth, swollen gum, tiredness, slow healing of wounds, and frequent infections.
Vitamin C is available in many forms
Tablets: Swallow the tablets whole with full glass of liquid, 1-1½ hours after meals, unless otherwise directed by the physician. Do not chew or crush.
Extended-release-capsule may also be swallowed whole with full glass of liquid with food or immediately after eating. Do not chew or crush.
Chewable tablets: They need to be chewed well before swallowing.
Effervescent tablets: These tablets need to be completely dissolved in a liquid before swallowing.
Injection form: This method is administered by a nurse or a doctor.
Precautions for taking vitamin C
Vitamin C benefits are great, however some people may need some special precautions when taking the vitamin.
People suffering with gout, kidney stones, iron storage disease, and sickle-cell anemia, may need to consult their doctors before using the vitamin.
Pregnant women need to take prenatal vitamins with vitamin C for connective-tissue development of the fetus, development of the bone and the teeth.
Pregnant women should not take excess doses of vitamin C, otherwise the baby may develop deficiency symptoms.
What happens if you overdose on vitamin C
A person who takes too much vitamin C orally, may experience headaches, flushed face, lower abdominal cramps, increased urination, mild diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
An overdose in injection form may also produce faintness and dizziness. You can get the best vitamin C benefits if you take the required dosage.
How does vitamin C interact with other medicines, minerals or vitamins
drugs decrease vitamin C effects and may cause kidney stones.
Large doses of vitamin C decreases the absorption of copper.
Vitamin C helps in the absorption of calcium.
Aspirin decreases vitamin C effect.
Vitamin C increases the effects of iron supplements.
Barbiturates decrease vitamin effect and increases barbiturate effect.
How do you store vitamin C
Store the vitamin in a cool dry place, away from direct light. Do not try to freeze it. Do not store it in the bathroom cabinet, because heat and moisture may change the action of the vitamin.
Vitamin C benefits are important, but it is also good to know who should take it, and how to take it to get the desired effect.
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