Vitamin C Benefits and Deficiency… Get the Facts!

Vitamin C rich fruits and sunshine

Vitamin C benefits go beyond what most people realize. According to the University of Maryland, evidence suggests that many Americans are deficient in this crucial vitamin. Vitamin C is one of the most recognized vitamins and has been for years. However today, with the most popular selling supplements being fish oil, multi vitamins, and vitamin D many people are forgetting good ole’ vitamin C.

This is a major health mistake. Vitamin C is needed for a variety of vital body functions.

Re-Discover Vitamin C’s Amazing Health Benefits

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin. That is, your body needs to ingest vitamin C or foods with vitamin C on a daily basis in order to maintain necessary supplies because Vitamin C is excreted daily.

Vitamin C Benefits 

  • Repair and maintain teeth and bones
  • Slow and prevent cell damage
  • Maintain healthy body tissues
  • Boosts immune system
  • Helps absorb iron from plant foods
  • Decreases severity and duration of colds
  • Fights free radical damage
  • Builds collagen needed to bind bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments together
  • Builds and maintains blood vessels

A deficiency in vitamin C shows itself in several common ways in the body. While the deficiencies signs are not too bothersome, the results of long term low levels of vitamin C are something to worry about now.

Vitamin C and the Common Cold

It has long been understood that vitamin C benefits your immune system and plays a large role in your body’s ability to fight off colds and viruses. You can take 1000 mg of Vitamin C to fight off an oncoming cold and 4000 mg per day to get rid of a cold already in your system.Various fruits

Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency

  • Easy bruising
  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Slow wound healing
  • Gingivitis
  • Dry and splitting hair
  • Rough, dry, scaly skin
  • Nosebleeds
  • Weakened immune system

Severe vitamin C deficiencies result in scurvy. Scurvy was the main cause of sailors’ deaths years ago with teeth falling out, spots on skin, and mucus membranes bleeding into the skin. Not an easy way to go.

Long Term Problems from Low Levels of Vitamin C

However, when it comes to long term vitamin C deficiencies the problems get much worse.

If you don’t want to fall victim to these and other serious health issues it’s imperative that you eat foods rich in crucial vitamin C.

The Best Food Sources of Vitamin C

While many people turn to supplements I want to emphasize that the best source of any vitamin, mineral, or nutrient is fresh, raw food sources.

It’s important to realize that any food is its natural state will provide your body with the most abundant source of nutrition that’s perfectly packaged. Therefore use the following list as a guide for how you consume these vitamin C rich foods.

3 Ways to Get the Most Nutrition from Your Fruits and Veggies

  1. Eat real foods that are uncooked and raw.
  2. Make an effort to cut up your fruits and vegetables as close to eating them as possible.
  3. Steam fruits and veggies, instead of boiling.

As I always say, eating organic, raw fresh foods is your best possible source of nutrition.

By now you’re probably wondering how much is enough vitamin C.

Daily Minimum Dosages of Vitamin C

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) adults and children should get a certain amount of vitamin C everyday. See the following chart for USDA recommendations:

As I’ve said, the best source for vitamin C is from fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and organically. If you must supplement be certain that the supplements you choose are high quality, bioavailable, and free of additives, fillers, and other synthetic ingredients that will harm you in the long run.

When you eat a diet full of a variety of fresh, raw foods you’ll know you’re getting all the nutrients your body really needs.

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  1. Brittany says:

    What dosage of pure Vit C do you recommend for children? Thank you!!

  2. Steve says:

    Garden of Life has issued a voluntary recall of their Raw Vitamin C supplement on March 2, 2011. Including production for the past two years. It tested to contain undeclared soy protein. Here is the FDA website page link. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm245597.htm

  3. Paul says:

    Is it possible to have too much Vit C?

    • RICH says:

      When you get to much your body will throw it off ,stiart with 3 or 4 grams,i take 5 grams twice a day ,it helps my vison and realy boots my imune system which is so important for every organ function,ive been doing it for years ,everyone say that i look young for my age!

  4. Suzanne says:

    Camu camu is not on the list but it’s a fruit that has the highest amount of vitamin C in it. It comes powdered as it’s a tropic fruit that we don’t get in the US.. It’s bitter but great to use.

  5. Freida NYC says:

    I was using some vitamin C serums which didn’t provide any noticeable results, they were full of things I wasn’t too happy to put on my face + their price was daylight robbery.

    I have sensitive combination skin, the only trouble is that it’s prone to shining – but the Lady Soma Renewal Serum solved this.

    Well, this serum is something completely different – but it’s the first time that skin product gave me some noticeable results. Skin seems … well, just better, sort of more alive.

    Besides, (not very dark) pigmentation I had for years gradually disappeared after a few months of using this serum.

    Since my mother is pharmacist I gave her the list of ingredients and she says they are fantastic.

    When my husband smelt it on me he liked the smell so much that he tried it – and from that day he’s stealing it on regular basis. He has dry, but not sensitive skin and adores it.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Fruits and veggies immediately begin losing their nutrients and the enzymes die off as soon as you cut into them. When you juice, for example, you are supposed to drink the juice within 15 minutes to get the max amount of nutrients before they start dying off. That’s not very scientific sounding but it is how it was explained to me. Hope that helps!

  7. Kay Sahinen says:

    Is life extension vitamin c powder a good supplement to take?

  1. Brittany says:

    What dosage of pure Vit C do you recommend for children? Thank you!!

  2. Steve says:

    Garden of Life has issued a voluntary recall of their Raw Vitamin C supplement on March 2, 2011. Including production for the past two years. It tested to contain undeclared soy protein. Here is the FDA website page link. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm245597.htm

  3. Paul says:

    Is it possible to have too much Vit C?

    • RICH says:

      When you get to much your body will throw it off ,stiart with 3 or 4 grams,i take 5 grams twice a day ,it helps my vison and realy boots my imune system which is so important for every organ function,ive been doing it for years ,everyone say that i look young for my age!

  4. Suzanne says:

    Camu camu is not on the list but it’s a fruit that has the highest amount of vitamin C in it. It comes powdered as it’s a tropic fruit that we don’t get in the US.. It’s bitter but great to use.

  5. Freida NYC says:

    I was using some vitamin C serums which didn’t provide any noticeable results, they were full of things I wasn’t too happy to put on my face + their price was daylight robbery.

    I have sensitive combination skin, the only trouble is that it’s prone to shining – but the Lady Soma Renewal Serum solved this.

    Well, this serum is something completely different – but it’s the first time that skin product gave me some noticeable results. Skin seems … well, just better, sort of more alive.

    Besides, (not very dark) pigmentation I had for years gradually disappeared after a few months of using this serum.

    Since my mother is pharmacist I gave her the list of ingredients and she says they are fantastic.

    When my husband smelt it on me he liked the smell so much that he tried it – and from that day he’s stealing it on regular basis. He has dry, but not sensitive skin and adores it.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Fruits and veggies immediately begin losing their nutrients and the enzymes die off as soon as you cut into them. When you juice, for example, you are supposed to drink the juice within 15 minutes to get the max amount of nutrients before they start dying off. That’s not very scientific sounding but it is how it was explained to me. Hope that helps!

  7. Kay Sahinen says:

    Is life extension vitamin c powder a good supplement to take?