Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is required for at least three hundred metabolic functions in the body, including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function, and healthy gums. It also aids in the production of antistress hormones and interferon, and important immune system protein, and is needed for the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine, and phenylalanine. Studies have shown that taking vitamin C can reduce symptoms of asthma. It protects against the harmful effects of pollution, helps to prevent cancer, protects against infection, and enhances immunity.
Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron. It can combine with toxic substances, such as certain heavy metals, and render them harmless so that they can be eliminated from the body.
This vitamin also may reduce levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL, the so-called “bad cholesterol”), while increasing levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL, or “good cholesterol”), as well as lowering high blood pressure and helping to prevent atherosclerosis.
Essential in the formation of collagen, vitamin C protects against abnormal blood clotting and bruising, may reduce the risk of cataracts, and promotes the healing of wounds and burns. IT may even boost your love life by causing more of the hormone oxytocin to be released.
Vitamin C works synergistically with both vitamin E and beta-carotene–that is, when these vitamins work together, they have an effect even greater than the sum of their individual effects.
Because the body cannot manufacture vitamin C, it must be obtained through the diet or in the form of supplements.
Source: Prescription for Nutritional Healing 5th Edition
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