Vitamin C was discovered in 1912, was isolated in 1928 and in 1933 was the first vitamin chemically produced. It is on the Model List of Essential Drugs of the World Health Organization, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. Vitamin C is available as a generic medicine and as an over-the-counter medication. In part because of their discovery, Albert Szent-Györgyi and Walter Norman Haworth received the 1937 Nobel Prizes in Physiology and Medicine and Chemistry, respectively.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and we are one of the few animals that cannot synthesize it. It is said that if you get sick it’s because of your lack of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is necessary for the synthesis of collagen. Collagen is important for: Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments, Skin, Bones, Blood, among others.
Lipoprotein A is one of the components for the development of arteriosclerosis, that is, arteriovascular disease. Lipoprotein A has been reduced with the consumption of vitamin C. With the use of vitamin C in high doses for a month, a decrease in arteriosclerotic plaques has been demonstrated, and observed by means of Doppler use. Oxidized low density lipoprotein (LDL) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Vitamin C inhibits the oxidation of LDL, as evidenced by decreased levels of substances reactive to thiobarbituric acid in LDL in the presence of vitamin C. Vitamin C is as potent as the antioxidant probucol in the inhibition of LDL oxidation catalyzed by copper.
It has been found in studies that vitamin C decreases LDL, cholesterol and triglycerides.
Vitamin C is known as the 2nd most important antioxidant in the body, after glutathione. One of the vital roles of vitamin C is to protect the cellular components from free radicals that induce damage. Vitamin C is a scavenger of free radicals in the aqueous phase of the cell and the circulatory system. In addition, vitamin C is effective in the regeneration of the antioxidant form of vitamin E by reducing tocopheryl radicals, indirectly protecting membranes and other hydrophobic compartments from damage induced by free radicals. Vitamin C is a reducing substance and an electron donor. During the elimination of free radicals, vitamin C donates high-energy electrons to neutralize free radicals, and is oxidized to dehydroascorbic acid.
Once inside the cell, dehydroascorbic acid is reduced to generate ascorbic acid, which protects the mitochondria from oxidative injury induced by free radicals. The mitochondria are the ones that produce energy for the body, so their protection is vital.
Hydrogen peroxide is produced from vitamin C. This hydrogen peroxide is known as the most important anti-tumor factor in the body.
Stimulation of the formation of Interglobulins and complement 3 that are essential for the protection of the body from infections is by vitamin C.
Certain hormones produced by the adrenal gland are dependent on the vitamin C process.
Since vitamin C interacts in so many body processes, the levels can easily be depleted. The adequate dose that is requested from the FDA in the USA and the Global Health Organization is not sufficient for all the appropriate processes of the body.
In Japan, nuclear accidents are treated with mega doses of vitamin C.
In many centers of intoxication, its main treatment is vitamin C.
Oral collagen will not be absorbed if you do not have the necessary vitamin C.
It is recommended that the first month one must take 1 to 2 mega doses per week and then only receive 1 or mega doses per month thereafter. The rest of the time it is recommended to take 2 grams of oral vitamin c in the morning and then repeat at night the same dose.
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