Vitamin C and its Uses

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Vitamin C
Vitamin C

Introduction

Vitamin C has a history way back to the Fifteenth century. The name ‘scurvy’ was once uttered by most of the people in the world. This particular disease has a very powerful impact in the human history. A statistic reveals that, from the fifteenth century to the eighteenth century, around twenty lakhs people died because of this scurvy. Among those people who died were either sailor, businessmen or the people who travel in seas. In 1753, a Britain doctor named James Lynd nearly found the solution for this particular problem. He advised the people to include oranges and lemons in their daily meal to avoid scurvy. But most of the people did not believe his words as no one accepted the fact a food material can cure a disease. So they were still in the search of a medicine for scurvy.

Years later a person named James Cook, who was a captain of a ship executer the idea of James Lynd to his sailor and travelers. So the people who included lemons and oranges in their meal were not affected by the disease and on the other hand, the people in the other ships were badly affected by scurvy and died in large numbers. After the news spread among people, everyone understood that scurvy is not a disease but a vitamin deficiency. So the intake of citric fruits became mandatory for the sailors.

The invention of Vitamin C

In 1928, a scientist named Albert Szent-Gyorgyi invented Vitamin C. After the invention of this vitamin, everyone understood the intensity of the scurvy disease and the importance of this vitamin in our daily meal. This vitamin cannot be avoided by the people who do not travel in seas. A research done by Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize winner proved that this vitamin is so essential for the common cold. And also this research lists out the importance of this vitamin for the human body.

Water Soluble vitamin

Like the B vitamins, this is also a water-soluble vitamin. So the body uses the required C vitamin and flushes out the rest through urine. This vitamin is also called Ascorbic acid or Ascorbate acid. This vitamin cannot be produced by the body in its own. So it can be taken with the foods and tablets consisting of this vitamin in it. Particularly this vitamin can be found in fruits and vegetables. It increases the function of this vitamin in our body. After knowing the importance of this vitamin, the doctors, nutritionists, and some food groups have created a tabloid for this vitamin and named it as ‘Vitamin C Foundation’.

Also Read: B vitamin and its family

Benefits of this vitamin

As this vitamin erases out scurvy, people became fond of this vitamin. So the following up researches also prove that this vitamin many benefits to the human body. It helps in the common cold to cancer, so it is called as a universal medicine. Everyone in this medicine is in a way or other benefited by this vitamin.

Functions of this vitamin

  • Helps in releasing the energy from the body
  • Aids in the growth of the kids
  • Takes care of the skin
  • Heels fire burns, wounds
  • Erases out the scars
  • Protects teeth gums and muscles
  • Takes care of bones and blood vessels
  • Stimulates immunity column
  • Prevents the spreading of cysts
  • Cures common cold
  • It controls the level of fat in the blood
  • Stabilizes the blood pressure
  • Controls the blood clot in the blood vessels
  • Prevents the bacterial and viral infections
  • Gives the required energy for the post-operation patients
  • Natural medicine for constipation
  • Helps in the absorption of iron and calcium from the food to the body
  • Aids in the functioning of the brain
  • Stimulates the red blood cells or hemoglobin
  • Stabilizes and cures the problems in the urinary tract
  • Prevent the cataract problem in the eyes
  • It orders the function of the adrenal gland
  • It eliminates the toxins from the food particles
  • Strengthens the cell joints and reduces the destruction of cells

Vitamin C filled foods

It is commonly known fact that citrus fruits have lots of vitamin C in it. So compared to the citric fruits, other foods have a low quantity of vitamin C in it.

Veg Foods

C vitamin Foods
C vitamin Foods
  • Citrus fruits or juices
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Vegetables
  • Potato
  • Yam
  • Greens
  • Tomato
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Most of the green colored vegetables
  • Sprouted cereals
  • Papaya
  • Guava
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi
  • Pepper
  • Cornflakes, oats
  • Available in tablet forms too

Consumption of this vitamin

  • Men – 90 milligram (Daily)
  • Women – 75 milligram
  • Pregnant women – 75 to 95 milligram
  • Lactating Mothers – 75 to 95 milligram

The above-mentioned quantity is for common people, people who are suffering from this vitamin deficiency are recommended to consume around 200 to 500 milligram daily. Persons who consume cigarettes should add a bit of this vitamin than the regular people in the regular meal.

Deficiency diseases

  • Scurvy
  • Fatigue
  • Bleeding from gums and nose
  • Week teeth and tooth decay
  • Slow healing of wounds
  • Frequent swelling
  • Digestion problems
  • Knee pain, Joint swelling, and pains
  • Common cold
  • Skin diseases
  • Bleeding from skin
  • Hair fall
  • Anemia
  • Hungerlessness

Problems of over-consumption of this vitamin

This vitamin can be consumed up to one gram regularly if it exceeds that limit, problems may arise. Most of the people consume this vitamin to get rid of the common cold. The following problems can occur if this vitamin is over consumed

  • A headache
  • Stomachache
  • Stomach pain
  • Giddiness
  • Fainting
  • Heartburns
  • Muscle strain
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Kidney stones
  • The excess storage of iron in the body
  • Genetic disorders

What destroys this vitamin?

Like we have seen before the people who consume cigarette should intake this vitamin in excess quantity. As the body of those people cannot accept the vitamin easily. If the food products are soaked in the water for a long time or if the food has overheated this vitamin can b destroyed. Overexposure to sunlight may also give reverse effect. So it is advised to eat fruits and vegetables either raw or half-baked. So this vitamin foods should not be kept open as it gives an exposure to sunlight and air.

 

 

 

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