We usually hear how good Vitamin C is for our skin and that it is used in almost all of the cosmetics or beauty products. But this is not the only benefit of Vitamin C and the reason why it is important for human body. Vitamin C is present in almost all the fresh fruits and vegetables and has so many benefits for the human body.
Some of the major benefits of vitamin C for our body, its sources and symptoms of its deficiency are mentioned below:
- Wound healing
Vitamin C helps in healing of wounds faster. If a body is deficient in vitamin C it will take longer for the wound to heal. When someone with low vitamin C levels, gets hurt and is in the process of healing, doctors usually recommend vitamin C supplements for such people.
- Fights against cardiovascular diseases
Vitamin C fights against cardiovascular diseases because it helps widens blood vessels which make blood flow better. It helps body nitric oxide production and also helps reduce the plaque instability, these are all the reason how it can help protect against heart diseases, high blood pressure and hypertension.
- Collagen production
Human body naturally produces collagen which is present in muscles, skin and other tissues. Collagen production is related to the levels of vitamin C in body and if the levels are low collagen production will also be low and as a result that person will face a delayed recovery in pulled muscles or in skin conditions like acne or general wounds etc.
- Protects your memory
Dementia is a condition in which there is oxidative stress around nerves, brain and spine. This condition is present in over 35 million people around the globe and most of these people are from the adult age group. Studies prove that people with dementia also have deficient blood levels of vitamin C.
- Boosts immunity
Vitamin C plays a vital role in the immune system of a human body. It boosts the production of white blood cells in the human body which are responsible to fight against any harmful entity in the body like bacteria and viruses which attack the immune system. Vitamin C makes white blood cells perform more efficiently. It plays an important role in skin’s defense system.
- Is an antioxidant
Vitamin C is highly antioxidant in nature which means it fights harmful elements in the human body which are produced on their own for example free radicals. Foods which are rich in vitamin C are antioxidant in nature and are always recommended by the doctors because these foods can make your skin age slower!
- Prevents anemia
Vitamin C increases the capacity of a body to absorb iron efficiently. Deficiency of vitamin C can cause deficiency of iron which can cause anemia. Blood cells of an anemic person cannot take enough amount of oxygen to their body tissues. Having anemia can cause weakness and fatigue in most cases.
- Prevents sea sickness
As much strange as it is, it’s still true that vitamin c can cure sea or motion sickness! There was research carried out in 2014 in which 70 people took 2 grams of vitamin C and sat on a life raft in a wave pool for 20 minutes. These people who took vitamin C were comparatively less sea-sick than the others.
Symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency
When a person’s blood levels are deficient in vitamin C they will go through all of these conditions:
- Painful and swollen joints
- Easy bruising
- Slow healing
- Dry skin
- Bleeding gums
- Weak immune system
- Digestive disorders
Sources of vitamin C
Fruits and vegetables which are a great source of Vitamin C are:
- Citrus fruits like oranges
- Strawberry, cranberries, raspberries
- Brussel sprouts
- Kiwi fruit
Natural and whole foods have so many benefits for human body. Yes! Pizza parties are good every now and then! But taking care of your body like it’s your home is also very important! So drink your fresh juices and eat your greens! Happy eating! 🙂