Vitamin C

together with vitamin E. They then have a better effect than when taken alone. These vitamins reinforce and extend each other's antioxidant activity. A deficiency of vitamin C may lead to scurvy. More common symptoms are: poor wound healing, bleeding gums, edema, extreme weakness, frequently appearing black and blue marks, and susceptibility to colds and infections.

 

Complimentary Nutrients:

Calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin E, and all vitamins and minerals.. 

 

Antagonists:

Stress, alcohol, analgesics, antibiotics, smoking, high fever, antidepressants, anticoagulants, oral contraceptives, aspirin, cortisone, and steroids.

 

Health Benefits:

Shock and infection resistance, iodine conservation, adrenal glands, capillary walls, connective tissue in skin, ligaments, and bones, gums, heart, teeth, blood, collagen production, fine bone and tooth formation, healing of burns and wounds, red blood cell formation, and vitamin protection.

 

Therapeutic Uses:

Arthritis, baldness, drug addiction, alcoholism, atherosclerosis, hepatitis, high cholesterol, colds, cystitis, hypoglycemia, heart disease, allergies, insect bites,  prickly heat, sinusitis, stress, and tooth decay.

 

Vitamin Therapies should be done with the supervision of a qualified health care professional. In the panel on the left, under ailments you can find more information about treatments for some of these conditions. You can also locate therapeutic information on this site by using the search engine below and entering words relating to the ailment you are interested in.

 

Deficiency Indicators:

Shortness of breath, anemia, low infection resistance, capillary wall ruptures - bruise easily, dental cavities, bleeding gums, nosebleeds, and poor digestion.

 

Dosage:

RDA

Optimal Health

Therapeutic Amounts

60 mg (males), 60 mg (females)

2000 mg

2500-7500 mg

RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) are dosages developed by the FDA. These amounts are designed to prevent deficiency symptoms. For optimal health it is necessary to take a larger dose. The optimal health amounts are for adults and children weighing over 100 lbs. Children under the age of six should be given nutritional formulas designed specifically for young children. The therapeutic amounts to treat special conditions are usually much higher, and should not be taken without the supervision of a qualified health care professional.

 

Sources:

Vitamin c is found in berries, citrus fruit, green vegetables, broccoli, green peas, sweet potato, red peppers, tomatoes, watercress, and in general from fresh fruits and vegetables. Here are some examples.

Food

Amount

MG

orange juice

1 cup

125

cooked broccoli

1 cup

140

green peppers

1 cup

100

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