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The Benefits of Vitamin C, Plus the Best Sources

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Benefits of Vitamin CThe benefits of vitamin C are making headlines as a growing number of studies pour in their results. This nutrient, which has become very readily available in today’s diet and even in topical products, is also known as one of the most safe and effective, according to experts.

The more we learn about this nutrient, the more we realize that the benefits of vitamin C are very widespread. Studies have suggested that it can provide advantages in everything from immune system deficiency prevention to reducing cardiovascular disease risk, preventing eye disease, and even improving skin against signs of premature aging such as wrinkles.

 

That said, a recent study published in the Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine journal examined more than 100 other research publications focused on vitamin C that have occurred over the last decade. They pointed out that there is good reason for this nutrient to have received such a large amount of attention. When the blood contains the right amount of this vitamin, there is an improved chance that the individual will experience better overall health.

 

They also believe that further investigation into the benefits of vitamin C is more than worthwhile as it will improve our understanding of the impact of the nutrient on specific areas of health. These include stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease, cancer, eye health, and the immune system as a whole, as well as longevity.

 

That said, to truly know how to best benefit from this vitamin, the research will also need to look into the ideal dosage. There are current recommended dietary allowances published by national health organizations, but after looking into the last decade of studies, the researchers suggest that those recommended levels may increase.

 

The research team behind the study published in the Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine journal predicted that doctors will soon be recommending 500 milligrams per day. At the moment, the RDA for adults is 75 to 90 milligrams per day. Clearly there is a striking difference with what the researchers believe studies have indicated over time. They believe that, even after eating five servings of fruit and veggies per day, doctors will recommend that patients take 500 milligrams of vitamin C in supplement form.

 

The lead author of the study believes that only 10 to 20 percent of adults are actually receiving the amount of vitamin C that they should in a day. This flies in the face of previous claims that say American adults are getting more than enough vitamin C per day, to the point that it may no longer be necessary to keep it on the nutrition table printed on food labels.

 

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