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Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as absorbic acid, may be the most commonly used vitamin.  It is a water soluble vitamin (dissolves in water) that serves several functions.  The benefits of vitamin C include:

  1. Help protect against viral and bacterial infections.  Most commonly used to fight colds.
  2. Plays an important role in the production of collagen which helps in the growth and repair of body tissue, muscles, bones, teeth, gums and blood vessels.
  3. Keeps capillary walls and blood vessels strong and protects from bruising.
  4. Keeps gums healthy (prevents scurvy).
  5. Helps heal cuts and wounds, and is often used after surgery.
  6. Aids in the absorption of iron.
  7. Works as an antioxidant.

Dosage – Common doses of vitamin C are between 500 mg and 4 grams per day.  A deficiency can lead to scurvy (loose teeth, excessive bleeding, and swollen gums), and bruising.

When taken in excess (over 10 grams per day), kidney stones and diarrhea may occur, as well as increased urination and skin rashes.  If any of these symptoms occur, simply cut back on the intake.