Vitamin C and its Many Benefits

With cold and flu season nearly upon us, you will more than likely be hearing a lot about Vitamin C and how large doses can energize the immune system. While this is most certainly the case, it is a lesser-known fact that Vitamin C has other equally important benefits.

For example, Vitamin C can help speed up the healing process for wounds that heal slowly. Many surgeons prescribe Vitamin C after surgery to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection.

As a potent antioxidant, Vitamin C protects cells against oxidative damage caused by free radicals, which aids in preventing chronic illness.

Vitamin C also helps promote collagen production which can help to ease pain associated with swollen joints and lead to healthier-looking skin. It has also been proven that many older adults lose their teeth due to weakened gums, the result of insufficient Vitamin C.

When you consider that 14 percent of North Americans are Vitamin C deficient, it makes a strong case for consulting your physician if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above.

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