Vitamin C was discovered in 1912, isolated in 1928, and in 1933, was the first vitamin to be chemically produced. It is on the WHO's list of essential medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system. Foods containing Vitamin C include Citrus fruits, Kiwi, Guava, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers and Strawberries. Vitamin C is available as an inexpensive generic and over-the-counter medication.
Benefits of Vitamin C:
Vitamin C claims to improve your immunity, it can help in fighting infections like colds and the flu.
POTENT ANTIOXIDANT DRUG
Vitamin C protects your cells from reactive oxygen species (ROS) and decreases oxidative damage that leads to photoageing and disease.
Vitamin C is essential for collagen biosynthesis. Influences both the quality and quantity of collagen produced. Collagen makes your skin more youthful and firm.
GLOWING AND HEALTHY SKIN
Reduces signs of ageing like wrinkles, discolouration and sagging skin.
Topical Vitamin C decreases melanin formation its used as depigmentation agent and it also gives good glow to your skin.
Lowers “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol levels). Daily supplement can protect you from fatal heart conditions.
Anemia is a condition in which there is deceased red blood cells in the blood stream, most common is iron deficiency anemia. Vitamin C improves iron absorption almost 70 percent. If you are anemic make sure you take vitamin C.
EASES GOUT OUT
May prevent gout and gout flare ups by breaking down the build-ups of uric acid.
PROTECTS AND SUPPORTS MEMORY
Scientists believe oxidative damage is one of the factor that leads to memory loss disorders. Vitamin C may help to reduce age related cognitive diseases and could even improve memory and cognitive function in those with dementia.
Vitamin C has good anti-inflammatory activity; it may help in wound healing making it a popular ingredient in natural cleansing solutions. Vitamin C is also used in skin condition such as acne and rosacea for its anti-inflammatory properties.
HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT recommends Vitamin C, Zinc and herbal powder (Nilavembu and Kabasura Kudineer) supplementation as an important measure to improve your immunity against COVID infection (especially for the front-line staff and others in COVID-19 duty).
Dr.S.Nagakeerthana is a consultant dermatologist and dermatosurgeon.