Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid), is a vitamin that is essential for human growth and development. It is most commonly used to fight the common cold. It helps treat gum disease, acne, stomach ulcers, and skin infections. Vitamin C cannot be produced naturally by humans, but it can in nearly all other organisms. Besides humans, the other exceptions are bats, guinea pigs, and capybaras.
It is recommended that people should get their intake of Vitamin C from eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables rather than taking supplements. The recommended daily allowance for Vitamin C is 90 milligrams for adult men and 75 for adult women. Fresh-squeezed orange juice, for example, contains more active Vitamin C than the canned variety. Besides orange juice and oranges, other sources of Vitamin C include: cantaloupe, grapefruits, kiwi fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, strawberries, cranberries, and watermelon.
Large doses of Vitamin C – Benefits and Side Effects.
As is the case with having too much of anything, There are side effects to high doses Vitamin C. Some of them include: significant blood clotting, kidney stones (perhaps the most common side effect), problems with the digestive system, and red blood cell destruction. Vitamin C has also been known to raise blood sugar and pressure levels. There is also an increased risk for lung cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
There are also some benefits to high doses of Vitamin C. In addition to (at slightly lower levels) helping treat the common cold and scurvy, a now-rare Vitamin C deficient illness common among sailors and pirates, some benefits of high doses of Vitamin C include:
- Slow the growth and spread of prostate, pancreatic, liver, and colon cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.
- Block tumor growth, according to studies done on animals
- Improve quality of life of people using high-dose IV Vitamin C
Conclusion – Review.
Vitamin C isn’t a cure-all, but it can benefit humans in normal and high doses. In near normal doses (90mg/day for men, 75mg/day for women), gotten either through supplements or food, it can help ward off the common cold. It also helps treat acne and skin infections. Fresh fruits contains lots of Vitamin C including oranges, cantaloupe, and papaya.
High doses of Vitamin C has side-effects and benefits. It has such side-effects like kidney stones and red blood cell destruction. It has also been tied to an increased risk of lung cancer and Parkinson’s. Its benefits include slowing the growth and spread of certain cancers and blocks tumor growth.