2021-12-16

VITAMIN C: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

VITAMIN C: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Vitamins, including vitamin C, are an organic compound that exists in living things and contains the elements of carbon and oxygen.

Vitamin C is water-soluble, and the body does not retain it. To maintain adequate levels of vitamin C, humans need a daily intake of food that contains it.

Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for health. It helps form and maintains bones, skin, and blood vessels. It occurs naturally in some foods, especially, fruit and vegetables. Supplements are also available.

Vitamin C deficiency leads to Scurvy. Its symptoms include swollen joints, bleeding gums and loose teeth, anemia, and tiredness.

BENEFITS IN WOUND HEALING, INFECTIONS, AND TUBERCULOSIS

Ø  In 1982, researchers concluded that wounds, cuts, and grazes may heal faster in people with a higher intake of vitamin C than is usually available from their food. The role of vitamin C as an antioxidant also helps repair tissue and reduces damage from inflammation and oxidation.

Ø  People with adequate levels of vitamin C are thought to be better able to fight off infections compared to people with vitamin C deficiency.

Ø  Vitamin C may also help prevent acute respiratory infections, especially in people with malnutrition and those who are physically stressed.

Ø  Researchers have also found that vitamin C can kill drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in a laboratory culture. A study published in 2013 suggests that adding vitamin C to TB drugs could shorten therapy.