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What’s the Big Deal about Vitamin C?
Your mother always made you take it to keep away the cold. It tastes awful if you brush your teeth immediately after eating it.
Yep, that’s Vitamin C for you.
But, believe it or not, your mother was right to force it down your throat. And maybe not for the reasons she believed.
So why’s there so much attention being showered on Vitamin C today? What’s the big deal?
Well, at least it’s not one of those foods or supplements that’s good for you one day, and bad the next.
It’s still good for you. But it has benefits that weren’t as widely understood years ago.
Why Vitamin C Makes Sense for Your Diet
Today, Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients available. It turns out, it’s not the cure for the common cold, although it may prevent your cold from becoming worse.
Here’s just a partial list of what experts have found Vitamin C does for you:
Prevents cardiovascular problems
Reduces your risk of cancer
Improves your eyes’ health
Helps you live longer
Repairs your skin and body tissues from wounds
May reduce wrinkling of your skin
Keeps your cartilage, bones, and teeth healthy
So potent it may be the ideal way to assess your overall health
In short, if you’re getting the right amount of vitamin C for your body, then you’re doing yourself a massive favor.
How Much Vitamin C Should You Take?
Dr. Mark Moyad of the University of Michigan regularly recommends 500 mg daily to his patients, in addition to eating five serving of fruits and vegetables. That’s much higher than the Recommended Daily Allowance of 75-90 milligrams.
Are There Any Risks?
Nope. Well, there is a minor one. Some people get an irritated stomach from vitamin C.
If you take an absurdly high amount (which there’s no need to) of 2,000 milligrams per day, then you put yourself at risk for diarrhea, nausea, and more stomachaches. For most people, however, your body simply excretes what it doesn’t need.
Vitamin C sounds so simple. So usual. So normal. It doesn’t seem exotic, special, or fancy in any way. But, it’s one of the best supplements you can take consistently for your own health. And there’s no serious risks. Make sure it’s one of the supplements you take routinely, in addition to eating fruits and vegetables daily.