Vitamin C is More Than You Think It is.
Ever since I studied the benefits of most vitamins, I was always afraid of taking too much or not knowing how much of something would be excessive. This is only because the powers of healing, essential oils, minerals, and vitamins can be so great, that it can take a toll on the body.
It's very important to be taking the vitamins necessary for the proper functioning of the body, but it is just as critical to know where to draw the line. Especially given we have a cold or the flu, we tend to load up on vitamin C, taking it with every meal and hoping it could fight off the infection-- considering you have not yet taken antibiotics.
There's a reason we're told to take Vitamin C and not any others.
What's So Special about Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is a vital antioxidant that is required for at least 300 metabolic functions in the body including tissue growth/repair, adrenal gland function, and healthy gums.
It also helps with the production of anti-stress hormones and interferon, a vital immune system protein that is needed for the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine and phenylalanine.
Surprisingly enough, research has also shown that vitamin C can even help reduce the symptoms of asthma.
Also, if you're suffering from high cholesterol, you'll be happy to know that this effective vitamin may also reduce levels of low-density lipo-proteins found in "bad cholesterol." While it's busy doing this, it also simultaneously increases levels of high-density lipo-proteins which are the "good cholesterol" and evidently, lowers blood pressure.
If you're still not convinced, vitamin C is also great for wound healing and protects against abnormal blood clotting and bruising. It has even been proven useful in managing the Heliobacter Pylori bacteria found in the stomach which causes pain, bloating, and gas.
Can You Take Too Much of Vitamin C?
While the safe answer is yes, the good news is that vitamin C is water-soluble. What this means, is that if you decide to take way too much of vitamin C one day, the excess will be excreted through the urine.
Though this is indeed a comforting fact, it's important to limit your intake of vitamin C to no more than 2,000 mg a day, as you may have some side effects such as nausea and an upset stomach.
As some individuals have issues absorbing vitamin C into the body, it is best to take vitamin C with Bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are still being researched as to what their most effective benefits may be, but for now they are used to ensure the absorption of vitamin C into the body.
Which Foods Contain Vitamin C?
Vitamin C can be found in the following:
Green Vegetables: Avocados, brussel sprouts, and broccoli.
If you're not getting high amounts of greens, vegetables and fruits on a daily basis, it is best to start changing your diet and taking vitamin C to boost your immune system and work toward a healthier lifestyle.
I hope this helps!