The human being unable to produce vitamin C in his body, must resort to exogenous sources. Either they are natural, obtaining them from food, especially fruits, or from products made by the pharmaceutical industry. Thus it has been widely disseminated as an essential vitamin to basically help prevent viral conditions, such as the flu or common colds, however there are many more uses of vitamin C that you probably did not know.
Knowing Vitamin C:
This vitamin has a fairly characteristic property, as is the fact of being water soluble. Which means it dissolves in water. From the biochemical approach, this vitamin or Ascorbic Acid is a crystalline powder, white in color, odorless, and of course, quite soluble in water.
Basic Daily Requirements of Vitamin C:
It has been established that the daily recommended amount of vitamin C for men is 90mg / day, while for women it is 75mg / day. Of course, you should take into account the diseases that the person may be suffering, such as diabetes, acute pancreatitis, or rather if it is a smoker. Since these conditions, habits and / or diseases determine a decrease in this vitamin levels. Dairy products (milk, cheeses and other derivatives), as well as nuts and bread, are not good sources of Vitamin C, since they only offer low amounts of it. The various and multiple preparations with ascorbic acid (scientific name of vitamin C) carried out by the pharmaceutical industry, are chemically equal to the natural form. In addition they do not suppose major difference with these.
5 Uses of Vitamin C:
1. Dermatology and Aesthetics:
Are you beginning to realize that there are more uses of vitamin C than just for the flu?
In this first point, the application of Ascorbic Acid is by the topical route that is directly on the skin. Among its indications is:
- Sun protection:
Provides photoprotection against ultraviolet rays. Especially those that are UVA and UVB, where the former are related to aging and the appearance of wrinkles, while the latter are linked to skin cancer. This action would be achieved thanks to the anti-inflammatory effect and the ability to inactivate certain molecules.
- Facial Wrinkle Treatment:
Are arranged creams vitamin C 5% (also 10%), with an application for 6 months, a significant improvement is achieved not only the appearance of the skin but also the disappearance of these wrinkles; such action is due to the increase that would occur in collagen fibers.
- Stain Clearance:
One of the uses of vitamin C in dermatology is precisely in cases of melasma. This is nothing more than a condition characterized by the appearance of dark spots on the face, as a result of multiple causes.
“This use is obtained thanks to the ability to inhibit the activity of the pigment producing cells of the skin that are altered”.
2. Diseases of the Vascular System:
Vitamin C, having antioxidant function, prevents oxidation of LDL-c or known as “bad cholesterol.” This would prevent the development and progression of atheroma plaque, a result of the accumulation of fat in the medium and large caliber arteries. This is known as atherosclerosis, a disease that also causes hardening of the walls of these blood vessels and narrowing of the internal channel through which blood flows. Another use of vitamin C in vascular diseases is that it prevents platelet aggregation; process by which these blood cells adhere to each other and to a surface, in this case, the atheroma plaque, so thrombus formation is prevented. The recommended daily dose to achieve such ends is 100mg-120mg / day.
3. Common Colds or Flu:
Without a doubt, who has not heard that vitamin C prevents flu? Your answer is probably positive, however this is one of the hidden truths of this vitamin, since it does NOT prevent them, but improves and relieves the symptoms of the common cold. How do you achieve this action? The answer is that thanks to the fact that vitamin C strengthens the immune system , and also does not allow the cells of this system such as T lymphocytes to be destroyed in infections, a slight improvement is achieved.
4. Vitamin C as a Treatment for Cancer:
There are numerous investigations that support that the use of this C vitamin in combination with certain chemotherapeutic agents increases the effect of the latter; evidencing effectively in cancers of the ovary, bladder, liver and pancreas. On the other hand, in other clinical studies, it was determined that when this vitamin is associated with certain drugs intended for the treatment of cancer, it interferes with its actions, so that certainly a universal protocol for the treatment of cancer with vitamin C. One of the myths that must be clarified regarding this high point is that this vitamin does not prevent breast cancer.
5. Vitamin C for Cataracts:
Because this vitamin is an antioxidant, it has the property of preventing the development of cataracts. Remembering that these tend to be the product of the course of age, since this reduces the levels of ascorbic acid in the lens. However, it is still under discussion if vitamin C is effective in preventing cataracts.