Benefits: Promotes overall body functions. Helps form collagen in connective tissue. Aids in the treatment of cancer, cholesterol, heart disease, blood clots, allergies, and arthritis. Contributes to hemoglobin and red-blood-cell production in bone marrow. Helps heal wounds and broken bones.
Good food sources: Citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, vegetables.
Cautions: Consult your doctor if you have gout, kidney stones, or sickle-cell anemia. If you suffer from glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (red blood cell enzyme eficiency), consult your doctor before taking mega-doses.
Substance interactions: Decreases vitamin's effect: Aspirin, tobacco, barbiturates, mineral oil, oral contraceptives, salicylates, sulfa drugs, tetracyclines. Decreases medicine's effect: Anti-cholinergics, oral anticoagulants, copper. Mega-doses of vitamin C increase chance of formation of drug crystals in urine if combines with aminosalicylic acid (PAS for tuberculosis).
Signs of toxicity: Flushed face, frequent urination, mild diarrhea, nausea.
* Large doses will break down alcohol more rapidly in the body.
* Neutralizes potentially cancer-causing nitrites (preservatives
found in hot dogs and lunch meats) and nitrates (found naturally
in vegetables and drinking water).
* A powerful antioxidant. Reduces risk of heart disease, cancer,
* Builds up the body's immune system to make it stronger against colds and viruses.
* Reduces the histamine levels in the body, which trigger allergy
and asthma attacks. People taking at least 200 mg daily have a
30% reduced risk of bronchitis.
* May aid diabetics by helping to regulate insulin release. Vitamin
C has been shown to prevent the sugar inside cells from converting
to sorbitol (sugar alcohol). Sorbitol accumulates in cells and
is connected to diabetes-related eye, nerve and kidney damage.
* Some doctors recommend limiting the use of chewable vitamin
C tablets because they can cause enamel loss from the surface of
* Supplements are extremely beneficial for pregnant
and nursing mothers.