Thursday, April 4, 2013

It’s Vitamin C Day!

I took my AccuraC this morning – did you take your vitamin C?

It’s a nutrients most people are familiar with – touted to get rid of colds and fight cancer. So what has recent research on vitamin C found? Here is a brief summary:
Stress Support. One study found that people with higher levels of vitamin C did not show mental and physical signs of stress, and they recovered from stressful situations faster than people with low levels of vitamin C in their blood.
Cold Symptoms. An analysis of 72 studies found that regular use of vitamin C supplements may reduce the duration of a cold. Supplements led to about an 8% reduction in the duration of cold symptoms for adults and a 14% reduction for children.
Blood Pressure Control. People with high blood pressure (hypertension) who took vitamin C supplements lowered their blood pressure, according to a research analysis. The analysis reviewed data from 21 clinical trials that used an average dose of 500 milligrams per day for a median time period of eight weeks.
Environmental Protection. Researchers in London found that patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who had low levels of vitamin C had an increased risk of breathing problems on days when outdoor air pollution levels were high. The researchers noted that this study added evidence that the negative effects of air pollution may be modified by antioxidants.

So how do you get your vitamin C? Eat more fruits and veggies, and you will get Vitamin C – found in citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, bell peppers and more. For more concentrated dose such as the therapeutic doses used in many of these studies, consider a good 500 mg vitamin C supplement with bioflavonoids.