Vitamin C as an aid to disease

Benefits of Vitamin C

It is very common nowadays to see people buy vitamin C pills, chewable tablets, capsules or powder as it begins the season of colds and flu.

While some have no doubt that vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system and increase its functions, others continue to question whether supplements really help.

Many studies show definitively that Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production and that without it in the long run one would die of scurvy.

Other studies have found benefits of vitamin C in other areas, emphasizing its antioxidant properties. Many people claim that vitamin C can be used in high doses to cure the common cold or reduce the extent and severity of disease.

Vitamin C and cancer

First, we studied the vitamin C helps in the fight against cancer. An interesting study was conducted preliminary to cancer cells in a test tube. Scientists administered "infusion" of vitamin C to a set of nine cultures of cancer cells and normal cells four crops. Cancer cells had a decrease in fifty percent survival rate, while normal cells did not appear to be affected. Ie, vitamin C appeared to kill cancer cells, at least in the laboratory environment. While this is promising, it should be noted that this is not a study conducted in humans, and much research may be promising in the laboratory after they are simply not designed for testing in the real world.

Vitamin C and diabetes

Diabetics may also be interested to know that vitamin C is being studied as a way to increase the receptivity of the body to insulin. The disease is due in part, or is characterized by the inability of blood vessels in response to nitric oxide (NO) that is secreted by the walls of blood vessels and stimulates the muscles to relax increasing blood flow to the areas of the body. If there is this process of relaxation the body will resist the proper absorption of insulin. It was confirmed that injections of vitamin C improves the reaction of the vascular wall to NO in diabetic patients. A new study investigates the efficacy of oral vitamin C in diabetic patients.

Vitamin C and colds

There were many, many studies to try to determine whether vitamin C can prevent the common cold. In the seventies of last century there was a series of tests by a team led by Dr. Terrence Anderson of the University of Toronto. Their studies found the same results as many other studies, that vitamin C necessary for the body but does not prevent the common cold. What it does is reduce the amount of time you have a cold, on average. It is also known that there is no need for very high doses to achieve this. It appears that a dose of 250 mg / day during a cold, when the cold is extreme, you can get the same effect as high doses of vitamin C. But remember you can just get lessen the effects of amelioration of the symptoms and duration of colds, rather than their prevention. Once the cold has passed can return to the daily recommended value of 60 mg., But in this of the recommended daily dose not agree to the researchers.

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