Vitamin E serves the body in protecting membranes from toxic oxygen damage (oxidation). In contrast, vitamin C serves to protect the aqueous - or watery - regions of the cells from oxidation. The membranes that are most sensitive are the membranes of nerves and therefore the main symptom of vitamin E deficiency is damage to the nervous system.
The RDA for vitamin C is 60 mg for a healthy adult. Pregnant women, smokers and heavy drinkers need more. All RDAs are calculated as the minimum levels required in order to prevent the occurrence of well-known vitamin deficiency symptoms. Since the idea of RDAs was generally accepted, much more has been learnt about the benefits of various vitamins, and doses well above RDA levels are commonly used to help prevent disease and boost the immune system, as shown above.
Vitamin C (AscH) reacts rapidly with many oxidants (oxidising radical), making it an outstanding donor antioxidant.
Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, helps to maintain healthy collagen in the skin, repair damaged tissue, promote healthy teeth and bones, and boost the immune system.
Vitamin C is one of the more powerful and well-known antioxidants.
Oxidation causes aging of the skin as well as all other organs and tissues of the body. Vitamin C, as a free-radical fighter, helps ward off wrinkles and many illnesses linked to oxidation, including cataracts, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.
How powerful is Vitamin C? Listen to what the experts have said about this remarkable nutrient. Dr. James Enstrom of UCLA has been quoted as saying that "A thirty-five-year-old man who eats Vitamin C-rich foods and takes Vitamin C supplements will slash his chances of heart disease death by two thirds and live 6.3 years longer". And according to the late Dr. Linus Pauling--a two-time Nobel Laureate and perhaps history's strongest advocate for the benefits of Vitamin C--supplemental doses of Vitamin C could add as much as twelve to eighteen years to our lives (Dr. Pauling also held the belief that ascorbic acid held the cure to the common cold).
Are such claims unfounded? Well, as of yet, there is no proof that vitamin C can cure the common cold, though, as an immune system strengthener, ascorbic acid can certainly help alleviate the symptoms of a cold. However, when it comes to longevity, life extension, antiaging, what have you, evidence has been produced to validate the claim that Vitamin C can improve life expectancy. One analysis of the dietary consumption of eleven thousand individuals found that getting 300 milligrams daily of Vitamin C could add as much as six years to the life of a man and as much as two years to the life of a woman.
Vitamin C functions as an anti-inflammatory, and helps the body fight inflammatory diseases, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. A multitude of other conditions may be improved vitamin C, including angina, bronchitis, bruises, canker sores, constipation, diabetes, eyestrain, gingivitis, glaucoma, hangover, infertility, joint pain, rashes, rosacea, shingles, sore throat, sprains, sunburn, and yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and scurvy (a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency). Because vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, it is also useful in treating iron deficiency and anemia.
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