Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, plays many important roles in the body. It is key to the immune system, helping prevent infections and fight disease.
Our body cannot make vitamin c on its own, we need to maintain vitamin c levels by taking enough fruits and vegetables in our diet. It dissolves in water, and any excess leaves the body in urine. Vitamin c is a prooxidant or an antioxidant that reduces the overall inflammation in the body.
One of the studies was done by taking 500 daily milligrams of vitamin C to achieve optimal health results. That is much higher than the RDA of 75-90 milligrams a day for adults. So, unless you can eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, you may need to take a dietary supplement of vitamin C to gain all the benefits, that was the conclusion from that study. The study suggested taking 500 milligrams a day, in addition to eating five servings of fruits and vegetables.
Another study showed that if the patient suffering from septic shock in the hospitals were given IV Vitamin C Therapy, the mortality rate decreased by 40 percent.
With our lifestyle nowadays, everyone can have a vitamin C deficiency. The most common symptoms are weak bones, joint pains, poor immunity, bleeding joints and gums, fatigue, and poor mood.
To correct it we should start by eating the right kind and amount of nutritious food.
Food that is rich in vitamin c is citrus fruits such as orange, mandarins, plums, peaches, papaya, guava, kiwi, and pomelo. Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Vegetables like broccoli, carrot, tomatoes, and potatoes. One good thing is that it can be easily found in the market.
Another thing we can do is to take vitamin C IV therapy, where the vitamins are given intravenously or given through the vein and bypasses the gut so people who have a leaky gut can still benefit from taking the vitamin.