Vitamin C. Properties

Properties of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins and their needs are the highest quantity: several tens of milligrams, when a few milligrams or even fractions of a milligram is sufficient in the case of other vitamins. All animals are able to synthesize it, other than man, the guinea pig and monkey. It is the only vitamin that acts alone, without combining with an apoenzyme to form an enzyme.
It is widespread in nature. All plants contain it, especially the highly colored fabrics. The richest are the fruits of acid reaction, since the presence of acid is a stabilizing factor for vitamin C.

Body Functions of Vitamin C:

For a long time are seen only as vitamin C and anti-infective vitamin antiscorbutic. However, we now know much more of it.

- Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and participates in the protection of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the cell membrane.
- Plays a major role in the synthesis of collagen (protein that forms connective tissue fibers), and participates in the formation and maintenance of all tissues in that this is involved: the cartilage, ligaments, walls of the blood vessels, especially capillaries, bones, teeth.
- Vitamin C reduces the burden of heavy metals in the body, detoxifies lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and nickel, especially when taken in combination with magnesium and zinc.
- Vitamin C stimulates the synthesis of protaglandinas E1 (PGE-1).
- Stimulates the synthesis of interferon and interleukin 2 and splenocitos (lymphocytes).
- Stimulates lymphocyte blastogenesis, the mobility of neutrophils, eosinophils and in high doses stimulates fabrinacion AC. Have immunomodulatory effects.
- Vitamin C has a psicoregulador effect, calming anxiety and insomnia.
- Potentiates the absorption of iron.
- Vitamin C is anti-free radical and regenerates oxidized vitamin E, maintaining the integrity of cell membranes

Applications of Vitamin C:
The requirements are highly dependent on the activity, eating habits, pollution or stress to which people are subjected. Normally a dose of 40 to 50 mg. day would be enough to prevent scurvy, however this would be a minimum preventive measure and any alteration of normal life would leave us lacking this essential element for life. To give an example of needs for vitamin C, consider the case of the ibex: Usually weigh an average of about 25 to 30 kilos and summarizes daily 8 grams of vitamin C around.

If we pass this analogy to humans we can calculate that a person subject to exercise, stress, environmental pollution and processed foods and unnatural, with an average weight of 75 kilos or so, take three times more, ie about 24 grams of vitamin C so that he should further because we can not synthesize it. Also tests have been done with mammals when they have been subjected, without having it custom, to transport containers by truck or by taking a sample of his blood before and after transport, resulting in a decrease of vitamin C in the second sample blood of more than 90%. This gives us clear evidence of the importance of supplementing with this vitamin in humans living in this consumer society accelerated and stressful.

For all the above and having regard to the biological standpoint, it would not be exaggerated feeding supplement conventional doses of l5 to 20 grams of vitamin C per day, depending on the usual tension in the living individual.

However it has been shown by studies of the doctor and Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, who with 50% of the dose would be sufficient to maintain optimal nutrition and health status, living under the usual conditions of modern society, full of stress and insecurity. That has nothing to do with a balanced and peaceful life in real ecological environment.

Instructions for use of vitamin C:
From 6 to 10 capsules to facilitate their assimilation dia.Para combine with natural juice or tea with lemon juice to taste, not meals, is opening them and taking them directly or by mixing the powder multivitamin with liquids.

To purchase a vitamin C supplement visit: Vitamin C - 500 mg-250 tab.

B I B L I O G R A F I A:
1 .- Suboticanet K., Buzina R., Brubacher G., Sapunar J., Christelle S. (1983). Vit. C Status and the working physical activity in adolescents. Internat J Vit Nutr Res 54:55-60.
2 .- Withmire SJ. Water, Vitamins chapter In: Mahan, K and Escott-Stump. Krause

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