Even if you were a total junk food junkie or fast food fiend and there was only one nutrient that you had ever heard of, it would be Vitamin C. Vitamin C is the most popular vitamin and, because of that, it has gotten both a good and bad rap. We’ll set the record straight here, so everyone can get their fair share of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C has many health benefits:
Building your immune system
Relieving your body of stress
Creating healthy cell structure to eradicate free-radicals
Powerful in preventing strokes
Reduces the risk of cancer
Vitamin C falls into the category of vitamins that are water-soluble. This means they dissolve and work in the water that is in your body. This also means that if there is any extra Vitamin C that your body can’t use at the end of the day, then the extra is eliminated from the body.
Vitamins that are not water soluble are fat-soluble. These are dissolved and work in the fatty cells of your body. If these are not used up, they are not washed out. They will be stored in the fat cells, until needed. With fat-soluble vitamins you need to be aware of how much you take so there is not a major buildup of these vitamins, though it would take an incredibly large amount of stored vitamins to cause any side effects.
The ultimate plan for these two types of vitamins is to have sufficient amounts to work together in fighting free-radicals, supplying oxygen to cells, and to generally promote the benefits. Typically, taking the water-soluble, and the fat-soluble vitamins together promote better health, and form a stronger barrier to keep germs out, than just taking either one of them. Vitamin E makes a great pair with Vitamin C.
Since Vitamin C is washed out of the body and you cannot overdose on it, it is a very safe vitamin. With Vitamin C, the problem comes when there is a deficiency. Scurvy is the disease that occurs, but there’s no need to worry about getting scurvy in the 21st century because Vitamin C is everywhere. Drinks and cereals are fortified with Vitamin C, and there is a good amount in many fruits and vegetables. Chances are you are getting the USDA approved amount for a day without even trying! But is that amount enough?
USDA errs to the side of marketing, unfortunately. They state that the average person should have nine servings of fruits and vegetables, a day. There are not too many people on the planet who actually do that, and even if you do, the quality of our soil is so bad that the vitamins and minerals are virtually depleted from it.
For these two reasons, vitamin supplements are necessary. The average person would have to consume too much food to get a decent amount of vitamins, and the trace elements and minerals that our bodies require don’t exist in our soil, which we grow our food in.
The amount of Vitamin C supplements that you should take every day will vary, but here is a standard list for a 150 lb. person:
1000mg in the AM and 1000mg in the PM (this is for an average day).
If you feel a cold coming on, use 2000mg. 3x a day, until the cold is completely gone.
If you have an ongoing immune deficiency, or inflammation, take 2000mg, 3x a day.
If you are fighting cancer, or another major immune deficiency, you can take from 6000mg to 10,000 a day.
There’s no need to take more than you can use, because it is wasting money, but you want to be sure to take in enough to fight the problem. Remember, that the extra will be released out of your body.
The reason Vitamin C gets ignored at times, is because it is so common, but just because something is common, doesn’t mean that it’s any less effective. How do you think it got so popular? People have used it for centuries, and attributed it to knocking out the common cold and relieving stress. Vitamin C cannot be produced by the human body, so we must take it in orally in one form or another. Vitamin C is easily accessible, and relatively inexpensive everywhere, and, if you can only afford one vitamin, it should be Vitamin C, the immune builder.
[For fun: If you want to try putting the recommended daily amount of foods to the test. Try eating nine servings of fruits and vegetables, plus 5 servings of whole grains, and three of protein, and you must use all organic, to ensure they were grown in good soil. Good Luck!]