Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for
normal growth and development.
Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave
the body through the urine. That means you need a continuous supply of such
vitamins in your diet.
Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your
body. It is used to:
Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons,
ligaments, and blood vessels
- Heal wounds and form scar tissue
- Repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth.
-Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are
nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals.
- Free radicals are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed
to tobacco smoke or radiation.
- The buildup of free radicals over time is largely responsible for the aging
- Free radicals may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like
The body is not able to make vitamin C on its own, and it does not store vitamin
C. It is therefore important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in
your daily diet. For many years, vitamin C has been a popular remedy for the
Research shows that for most people, vitamin C supplements or vitamin C-rich
foods do not reduce the risk of getting the common cold.
However, people who take vitamin C supplements regularly might have slightly
shorter colds or somewhat milder symptoms.
Taking a vitamin C supplement after a cold starts does not appear to be helpful.
Too little vitamin C can lead to signs and symptoms of
Decreased ability to fight infection
Decreased wound-healing rate
Dry and splitting hair
Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
Possible weight gain because of slowed metabolism
Rough, dry, scaly skin
Swollen and painful joints
Weakened tooth enamel
Groups at Risk of Vitamin C Inadequacy
- Smokers and passive smokers
- Infants fed evaporated or boiled milk
- Individuals with limited food variety
- People with malabsorption and certain chronic diseases
Combination with MMS:
Don't take vitamin C, 2 hours before and after MMS use.
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Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, can be
produced in the body with mild sun exposure or consumed in food or supplements.
Vitamin D plays a crucial role in disease prevention and maintaining optimal
health. There are about 30,000 genes in your body, and vitamin D affects nearly
3,000 of them, as well as vitamin D receptors located throughout your body.
Adequate vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of calcium and
phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and protects
against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and
Vitamin D functions:
Maintain the health of bones and
Support the health of the immune system, brain and nervous system
Regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management
Support lung function and
Influence the expression of genes involved in cancer
In spite of the name, vitamin D is considered a pro-hormone
and not actually a vitamin. This is because the body is capable of producing its
own vitamin D through the action of sunlight on the skin, while vitamins are
nutrients that cannot be synthesized by the body and must be acquired through
the diet or supplements.
It is estimated that sensible sun exposure allows the body the ability to
produce sufficient vitamin D, but vitamin D has a half-life of only two weeks,
meaning that stores can run low, especially in winter. Recent studies have
suggested that up to 50% of adults and children worldwide are vitamin D
deficient. There are several likely factors contributing to vitamin D
deficiency, which will be looked at further in this article.
Vitamin D is
produced when sunlight converts cholesterol on the skin into calciol (vitamin
D3). Vitamin D3 is then converted into calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin D3) in the
liver. The kidneys then convert calcidiol into the active form of vitamin D,
called calcitriol (1,25-hydroxyvitamin D3). As such, statins and other
medications (barbiturates, phenobarbital, dilantin, isoniazid ) or supplements
that inhibit cholesterol synthesis, liver function or kidney function can impair
the synthesis of vitamin D.
Fast facts on vitamin D
deficiency is common, especially in the elderly, infants, people with dark skin
and people living at higher latitudes or who get little sun exposure.
D deficiency has been seen in up to 80% of hip fracture patients.
vitamin D per day reduces the risk of fracture by 20% in the elderly and
decreases the risk of falls.
Health benefits of vitamin D
Vitamin D for healthy bones
Vitamin D plays a substantial role in the
regulation of calcium and maintenance of phosphorus levels in the blood, two
factors that are extremely important for maintaining healthy bones. We need
vitamin D to absorb calcium in the intestines and to reclaim calcium that would
otherwise be excreted through the kidneys.
Doctor holding a bone scan x-ray
Vitamin D deficiency in children can cause rickets, a disease characterized
by a severely bow-legged appearance triggered by impaired mineralization and
softening of the bones.
In adults, vitamin D deficiency manifests as
osteomalacia or osteoporosis. Osteomalacia results in poor bone density,
muscular weakness and often causes small pseudo fractures of the spine, femur
and humerus. Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease among post-menopausal
women and older men.
2) Reduced risk of flu
Children given 1,200
IU of vitamin D per day for 4 months during the winter reduced their risk of
influenza A infection by over 40%.2
3) Reduced risk of diabetes
Several observational studies have shown an inverse relationship between blood
concentrations of vitamin D in the body and risk of type 2 diabetes. In type 2
diabetics, insufficient vitamin D levels may have an adverse effect on insulin
secretion and glucose tolerance.3 In one particular study, infants who received
2,000 IU/day of vitamin D had an 88% lower risk of developing type 1 diabetes by
the age of 32.
4) Healthy infants
Children with normal blood
pressure who were given 2,000 IU/day had significantly lower arterial wall
stiffness after 16 weeks compared with children who were given only 400 IU/day.
Low vitamin D status has also been associated with a higher risk and
severity of atopic childhood diseases and allergic diseases, including asthma,
atopic dermatitis and eczema. Vitamin D may enhance the anti-inflammatory
effects of glucocorticoids, making it potentially useful as a supportive therapy
for people with steroid-resistant asthma.5,8
5) Healthy pregnancy
Pregnant women who are deficient in vitamin D seem to be at greater risk of
developing preeclampsia and needing a cesarean section. Poor vitamin D status is
also associated with gestational diabetes mellitus and bacterial vaginosis in
pregnant women. It is also important to note that vitamin D levels that were too
high during pregnancy were associated with an increase in food allergy of the
child during the first two years of life.
6) Cancer prevention
Vitamin D is extremely important for regulating cell growth and for cell-to-cell
communication. Some studies have suggested that calcitriol (the hormonally
active form of vitamin D) can reduce cancer progression by slowing the growth
and development of new blood vessels in cancerous tissue, increasing cancer cell
death and by reducing cell proliferation and metastases. Vitamin D has an
influence on more than 200 human genes, which can be impaired when D status is
Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with an
increased risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, multiple sclerosis,
autism, Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma severity and swine
flu, however more reliable studies are needed before these associations can be
Although the body has the ability to make vitamin D, there are
many reasons deficiency occurs. Darker skin pigments and sunscreen use can
significantly decrease the body's ability to absorb the ultraviolet radiation B
(UVB) rays required to produce vitamin D.
A sunscreen with sun
protection factor (SPF) 30 can reduce the body's ability to synthesize the
vitamin by 95%. The skin also has to be directly exposed to the sunlight, not
covered by clothing, in order to start vitamin D production. Even the angle at
which sunrays hit the earth can affect absorption.
People who live in
northern latitudes or areas of high pollution, work at night and stay home
during the day or are homebound should aim to consume extra vitamin D from food
sources whenever possible. Infants who are exclusively breastfed are also at
high risk of vitamin D deficiency, especially if they are dark-skinned or have
minimal sun exposure. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all
breastfed infants receive 400 IU/day of an oral vitamin D supplement.
Vitamin D supplements are available, but it is best to obtain any vitamin or
mineral through natural sources first. It is not the individual vitamin or
mineral alone that make certain foods an important part of our diet, but the
synergy of that foods nutrients working together and allowing for greater
absorption. For example, vitamin D is fat soluble, meaning that its absorption
requires dietary fat. In addition, magnesium is needed to convert vitamin D into
its active form.
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