Vitamin C is an important nutrient that helps multiple body systems to function at an optimal level. What’s the problem? It is an essential vitamin, meaning our bodies do not produce it. All our vitamin C comes from the foods we eat or supplementation that we take. It is recommended for women to get 75mg and men 90mg of vitamin C daily for optimal performance. You can achieve the recommended dose by making sure to eat your daily fruits and vegetables. Specifically, citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, kiwi and strawberries are great sources. We know that when the body gets adequate vitamin C the benefits can be great. However, studies have shown that a high dose of vitamin C can be quite beneficial to your health in many ways.

What can vitamin C do for you?

  1. It May Reduce Risk of Chronic Illnesses.

Vitamin C is known as a powerful antioxidant and can help fight against free radicals. Free radicals are both related to aging and disease by damaging your cells. Free radicals lack electrons, which they steal from healthy molecules, which in turn causes them damage.

Vitamin C works by boosting the immune system and counteracting the free radicals. It does this by sacrificing some of its own electrons and preventing damage in your body’s cells.

  1. Can Lower Blood Pressure.

High blood pressure affects around 30% of Americans and can increase the chances of suffering a cardiac event. Some studies have shown, that when high doses of vitamin C was given in combination with a healthy diet and exercise, blood pressure was reduced. More studies need to be completed, but the affects look very promising.

  1. May Lower Risk of Heart Disease.

As mentioned above vitamin C can lower blood pressure, which in itself could lower your risk of heart disease. However, it has also been found to lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides as well. It has been suggested that taking 500mg a day of vitamin C along with a healthy diet and exercise could actually decrease your overall heart disease risk.

  1. May Prevent Gout Attacks.

Gout is a painful chronic disease that affects up to 4% of the adult population. It causes inflammation and swelling in joints accompanied with severe pain. The attacks of pain come when too much uric acid builds up and crystalizes in a specific joint. Some studies have shown that vitamin C can reduce the amount of uric acid in the body, which prevents the buildup of crystals seen in gout.

  1. Prevents Iron Deficiency.

Iron is needed for our body to function properly. It is needed to make red blood cells as well as transport oxygen through the body. Vitamin C helps prevent iron deficiency by assisting in absorption. It can convert certain iron that we find in food and that is hard for the body to absorb into a more accessible form. Vitamin C can especially benefit anyone who does not eat meat, since that is the easiest source of our iron.

  1. Boost Immunity.

Vitamin C’s best known value is its ability to boost your immune system. It does this in multiple ways. The first we already discussed, is by neutralizing free radicals that cause disease and destruction of your cells. It also can increase production of white blood cells. White blood cells are what circulate in our bodies and fight against foreign invaders like virus. The other way vitamin C helps boost our immune system, is the affect it has on our skin. Our skin is actually the first line of defense against disease and vitamin C helps strengthen the barrier as well as decrease healing time for wounds.

  1. Protects Your Mind

Finally vitamin C can help with your memory. As we age, many adults start to see a decline in their thinking ability as well as their memory. It is thought that free radical damage the nervous system and can cause dementia. As we know, vitamin C can help prevent and restore the damage done by free radicals in our body.