Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant and immune system booster. It’s not expensive. It’s safe for everyone. And children can chew it. Thus, vitamin C is vital for your immune system, cardiovascular health, and skin. A diet rich in vitamin C and minerals can prevent the common cold and is essential for overall health and wellbeing.
Forms of Vitamin C
Ascorbic acid is generally the form of vitamin C that is most commonly found as an inexpensive supplement: natural (L-ascorbic acid) and synthetic forms. The acid can be tough on your stomach and your teeth, so look into other forms other than chewable, and when you take it. All that acid can be good for kidney stones, though!
The FDA requirement is only 70 mg and is meaningless unless you need to know at what point you can get scurvy. Plan on taking more. We would guess somewhere around 2000 mg or so would do the trick. Do your research.
Ascorbic Palmitate is the form of vitamin C most used in skincare. Look for skincare that contains various forms of vitamin C that support collagen synthesis and are more shelf-stable than L-ascorbic acid.
Linus Pauling’s Vitamin C Studies
Linus Pauling, the greatest ever American scientist, claimed that high doses of vitamin C (also known as L-ascorbic acid) can cure many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and infections. He won two undivided Nobel Prizes: the first one for chemistry (1954) and the second – for peace (1962).
In fact, humans lost their ability to synthesize vitamin C in their bodies since the gene for its production has mutated and is no longer functioning. This discovery was first published in his article “Sickle Cell Anemia, a Molecular Disease” (1949). He explained his studies and discoveries in his books “Vitamin C and the Common Cold” (1970), “Vitamin C and Cancer” (1979), and “How to Live Longer and Feel Better” (1986).
Pauling believed that modern meat-based diets caused vitamin C deficiency and widespread illnesses and the flu, in particular. In his books, he recommended a vitamin C intake of 2,300mg per day or more for “optimum” health.
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Why is Vitamin C Effective Against the Flu?
Almost everyone is exposed to the flu virus… somewhere, sometimes, during the season. How your body is prepared to handle exposure to the virus is the question. Do you eat well? Do you get adequate sleep? Do you exercise? Do you have good hygiene? And the clincher: how do you handle stress?
Vitamin C provides extra protection for your immune system as it’s required for the growth and development of normal cells that are involved in the immune response. So, If you answered “yes” to the above questions (and you’re truthful), the odds are that you are well protected from catching a flu virus of any type.
A recent study found that intravenous high-dose vitamin C is beneficial for treating patients and suppressed cytokine storms caused by COVID-19.
What else Is Vitamin C Good for?
Vitamin C is actually a very important nutrient for body functions. Besides building immunity, it’s a powerful antioxidant. Preventing cell damage, strengthening cells and tissue, supporting collagen in the body: all good reasons for making sure vitamin C is in your body and your skincare!
In addition, natural products containing vitamin C are rich in whole-food blends of vitamins, as well as antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
The Bottom Line
Along with vitamin C, zinc is critical for normal immune function and can reduce the symptoms of the common cold. Have a daily 8-11 mg of zinc with a diet such as seafood, meat, and beans.
Stay healthy by having a daily intake of recommended 400 mg of vitamin C with your diet. It is rich in fruits (cherries, blackcurrants, strawberries, lemons, and oranges), and vegetables (chili peppers, sweet peppers, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.).