Rock Star Vitamin

9 Dec

While most folks may not know that Biotin is a B vitamin or that vitamin A helps clear up infections, it seems everyone knows about vitamin C.  I call vitamin C the “rock star vitamin” because it’s common knowledge that this anti-oxidant helps build the immune system.

It’s no wonder vitamin C is widely accepted.  Study after study has shown this vitamin’s fortitude in being able to reduce the incidence and severity of the common cold.  And who doesn’t love that!

With splashy bright fruit juice packaging, slick media commercials and promises of getting you back on track to wellness fast, vitamin C has become somewhat iconic as most fruit juices advertise the amount of this nutrient in each serving right on the front label.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin which means we don’t have the ability to make it, therefore we must acquire the vitamin through our diet.

In fact, there’s been such a demand for simple vitamin C that many food companies have begun fortifying their products with it.  Just take a look at the RDA listing on the back of food packages and you can easily see how much vitamin C is contained in each food product.

And speaking of RDA, the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C is 120 mg per day for optimum risk reduction of heart disease, stroke and cancer in healthy individuals.  Special populations, such as older adults and those with disease, may require substantially larger amounts of vitamin C to achieve optimum body levels and derive therapeutic benefits.  It is important you cooperate with your doctor while using vitamin C supplements, especially in any dosage amount over the recommended daily allowance.

Currently, there is no consistent and compelling data for serious adverse effects of vitamin C in humans but care should be taken with the use of any nutritional supplement.

There are a number of natural fresh foods brimming with the “rock star vitamin.”  Spinach, grapefruit, chili peppers, strawberries and papaya rank highest in vitamin C content but the big 3 top winners are orange juice, peaches and sweet red bell peppers.

This rock star status is well-earned with studies showing vitamin C’s positive effects from reducing the appearance of wrinkles to clearing carcinogenic toxins from the body.  The most profound study I found was from 1984, proving researchers knew that supplementation of drinking water with vitamin C increased the average life span of mice by as much as 20 percent.

All that evidence makes me a pretty big fan.  So if you want to be one of the cool kids during cold and flu season, be sure to check out the “rock star vitamin.”  Vitamin C is definitely worth a standing ovation!

4 Responses to “Rock Star Vitamin”

  1. Mark Cathcart December 9, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I studied the Linus Pauling work on Vitamin-C way back in the 1980’s he draws some great conclusions and has evidence based studies to support most but not ALL of his conclusions.

    I search and this seems to be a good launch point at Oregon State Univ. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/

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    • Lynn Van Noy December 9, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

      Excellent linkage, Mark!

      I’m looking forward to pouring over all of this. I started researching nutrition at 17 & have read some pretty crazy, miraculous studies and personal experiences about vitamin C. Some I wouldn’t report on bc of the extreme dosages; nonetheless.. powerful healing responses.

      My Momma reminded me of a personal example I learned about last year where a young football player broke his leg. His physician suggested some fairly high dosages of C and the bone was near completely healed within 3 weeks. Crazy healing response. Across the board there would be a variety of responses but I daresay.. all good.

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  2. Mark Cathcart December 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Which is EXACTLY what took me to Pauling in the first place. My leg despite being badly disfigured is rock solid these days and I attribute some of the growth of callus to the high dosage of vitamin C at the time. The wikipedia article on bone healing covers the phases nicely although it has no linkage to Vit-C.

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    • Lynn Van Noy December 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

      I had no idea you used Vita C for bone healing. And your leg is powerful strong! Thank you for sharing. *impressed*

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