When I think about vitamin C, I think about
ascorbyl palimatate (also known as Vitamin C- Ester) and its'
unique qualities. We all have heard that Vitamin C is good for
you, but really Why? Why does everyone want to sell it to us in
some form or other? The form we are always hearing about is
L-ascorbic acid. It is in all citrus fruits like oranges lemons,
L-ascorbic Acid also known as vitamin C is one
of the trio of all star anti-oxidents, the other two are vitamin E
and alpha lipoic acid. Here are some reasons why you should
supplement with vitamin C.
Vitamin C gooses the immune system by
strengthening white blood cells, our chief defense against
bacteria and viruses including colds and cancer ( according to
Linus Pauling, Ph.D., Nobel Prize winning scientist).
It helps give us energy by aiding in the production of other
body chemicals like L-carnitine which transports fats
into the mitocondria (the engine of the cell) where fats are
converted to energy.
It helps produce neurotransmitters the brain
chemicals that help the nerves in the central nervous system
guide the brain) and the nerves in the periphrial nervous system
(which direct movement) communicate. Without
this ability to communicate we can't think clearly or move our
bodies. Vitamin C is essential for the production
of collagen, the connective tissue that essentially holds us
together. Without collagen, we would literally fall apart
because this protein holds our skeletons together attaches our
muscles to our bones keeps our organs and skin in place.
Vitamin C works miracles healing inflammation,
according to Dr. Nicholas Perricone. During his pediatric
training at Yale Medical Center, Vitamin C, when administered in
large doses to folks with asthma, children and adults alike -the
physicians found that there was a reduction in the acute attacks
The physicians discovered two other important facts, it hinders
the production of a chemical called arachidonic acid, which
causes inflammation; second that vitamin C converts arachidonic
acid from a proinflammatory chemical to a group of less harmful
substances. It should be noted that arachidonic acid also plays
a role in the formation of psoriasis and
microscarring that leads to -wrinkles. This is all pretty
impressive and yet there are studies that suggest vitamin C protects
against heart disease, cataract formation and other diseases
related to aging.