More than just an Orange: Vitamin C

Carolyn Guilford
Carolyn Guilford

The goal of this column and the goal of the Health Restoration 101 programs are to help maximize your chances of living a longer, healthier life. We have created a New Formula For Health Success

by Carolyn Guilford, CNC

New evidence suggests that the 90mg RDI of vitamin C is woefully insufficient for the body’s true need of this powerful antioxidant nutrient. We’ve all heard that we need vitamin C to prevent colds and to fight infections, now evidence shows it is worth so much more.

As we stress the body with unhealthy diets, smoking, hormones in foods, chemicals in the environment, and less sleep than we need, all of which increase free radicals in the body, today the need is evident how much we need to increase our intake of this vital nutrient.

Vitamin C protects the immune system, the heart, the eyes, brain, and the joints, and that is just the beginning.

This super star vitamin neutralizes free radicals as part of its antioxidant action, and has been shown to destroy bacteria, yeast and certain cancerous cells, and increase the activity of natural killer cells that help control viral and bacterial infections.

It protects the cardiovascular system by increasing the stability and elasticity of the vascular walls and by inhibiting the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles, while also regenerating alpha-tocopheroyl, the all important vitamin E.

The normal healthy eye contains high levels of vitamin C which protects the eyes from the formation of cataracts and age related eye diseases. Low levels are consistent with cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. However the best way to get this nutrient into the aqueous humour is in the seven to nine servings of fresh fruits and vegetables recommended per day.

Evidence based research shows that vitamin C stimulates pro-collagen and bone cell formation. Problems of the connective tissue, bone, and joints are primarily due to poor diet, low nutrient absorption and altered metabolism. In a dou- ble-blind study 133 patients with Osteoporosis taking therapeutic levels of Vitamin C, participants reported significantly reduced pain and inflammation compared to the placebo group.

Nutrition plays a major roll in supporting the immune system, and good nutrition has even made AIDS a treatable disease. Vitamin C being the critical nutrient, works to suppress the replication of the HIV virus while also protecting the brain from toxicity that occurs in the latter stages of the disease.

With the level of stress we live with today, along with a diet of hydrogenated fats, refined carbohydrates, high intake of meats, and a sedentary lifestyle, our level of health is the worlds worst. We must change these dietary and lifestyle habits and restructure a lifestyle to support health. Supplementation with good quality vitamins is a must. But supplementation must come with a change of diet, not instead of.

Vitamin C is absolutely essential for the maintenance of health, preventing disease, reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, joint dysfunction, vision problems and cognitive impairment.

All fruits and vegetables contain some Vitamin C. Foods highest in vitamin C include green peppers, citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, turnip greens and other leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe.

Other excellent sources include papaya, mango, watermelon, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, winter squash, red peppers, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and pineapples.

In another column I’ll talk about what the new research reveals about Vitamin C and Cancer. Remember, Health is a Choice, your choice. If you would like to purchase the book, attend the class: Grocery Shopping 101, or if you are ready to change the level of your health, please call or write:

Carolyn Guilford,

(912) 236-8987

Health Restoration 101

P. O. Box 2814, Savannah, GA 31402

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