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Vitamin C

What does Vitamin C do for the body

Vitamin C is an Antioxidant. It is also known as Ascorbic acid. It is a water soluble Vitamin. It is important for the skin, bones and connective tissues. It helps in the growth and repair of the body tissues. Body does not make Vitamin C on its own. So it is important to take plenty of Vitamin C in the food.

Normal level of Vitamin C in the Body
0.6 to 2 mg/dL

Amount of Vitamin C adults need is:
75 to 90 mg per/day

Functions of Vitamin C in the body
Important function of vitamin C is the formation and repair of collagen. It is present in the bones and muscles. Collagen is the main element of the connective tissues responsible for holding the cells together. Vitamin C is vital for the cardiovascular system. It is needed for the growth and repair of tissues. It helps to heal wounds. Vitamin C repairs and maintains cartilages, bones and teeth. It keeps gums healthy and fights Scurvy. Vitamin C synthesizes several important peptide hormones, neurotransmitters and carnitine.

Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C reduces Sunburns.
It reduces the risk of Cancer.
It prevents Cataract and High Blood pressure.
Vitamin C sustains the body's Immune System.
Vitamin C slows the rate of free-radical damage. Free radicals are volatile molecules that harm collagen and cause skin dryness and wrinkles.
Vitamin C protects us from free radicals which cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress leads to heart diseases and stroke.

Effects of deficiency of Vitamin C in the body
Lack of Vitamin C cannot produce collagen. Collagen is required for the health and repair of various tissues in the body. The main disease of deficiency of Vitamin C is Scurvy. Deficiency of Vitamin C leads to Fatigue , Weight loss, Muscle Ache, Dry hair and Skin Infection.

Effects of Excess of Vitamin C in the body
It may cause Kidney stones.
It causes indigestion and heartburn.
It causes redness or flushing of facial skin.
Overdose of Vitamin C may cause Diarrhea.
Excess of vitamin C leads to tiredness of the muscles.
Excess of Vitamin C in the body leads to constant Dizziness and Nausea.
Many Physiological problems occur with excess of Vitamin C in the body.

Herbs Containing Vitamin C


Agaricus Campestris
Allium Tricoccum
Amaranthus Graecizans
Barley Grass
Bouea Macrophylla
Brassica Napobrassica
Bull Kelp
Ceylon Gooseberry
Chanterelle Mushroom
Cordyla Africana
Corn Salad
Early Blue Violet
Euchresta Horsfieldii
Grevillea Robusta
Hesperis Matronalis
Hibiscus Macranthus
Himalayan Musk Rose
Himalayan Rose
Jhar Beri
Khalas Date
Miracle Fruit
Mouse ear Chickweed
Nephelium Mutabile
Osage Orange
Potentilla indica
Rosa Pisocarpa
Rosa Webbiana
Snow Pea
Solanum Verbascifolim
Squaw Root
Water Morning Glory
White Truffle Mushroom
Wild Himalayan Pear
Wild Indian Strawberry
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