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Vitamin C: A Global Panacea

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Panacea is defined as "a remedy for all disease or ills; a cure all; an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties."The title implies that a panacea is possible and an applicable label for Vitamin C.This is a false interpretation.However, Vitamin C serves a variety of essential functions within the biological systems of the human body.

Vitamin C: An Introduction

Vitamin C, chemically referred to as ascorbic acid, is essential to proper construction and maintenance of a specific protein within tissues: collagen.Collagen is located in the majority of biological systems in the body; bones, muscle, cartilage, and blood vessels.It enhances the ability of the body to absorb the mineral iron.

Vitamin C: Disease Prevention, Treatment and Effectiveness

The use of the word "panacea" in the title refers directly to the fact that numerous theories on the effective uses for vitamin C for treatment and prevention of diseases currently exist.Research continues in an attempt to obtain conclusive scientific evidence to support these theories.

  • Common cold prevention/treatment:
  • Enhancement of iron absorption
  • Decreased risk for asthma development
  • Relief of alkaptonuria symptoms
  • Cancer prevention/treatment
  • Pregnancy
  • Reduction in plaque/calculus on teeth
  • Reduced vaginitis symptoms
  • Reduction in cataracts progression/development
  • Cataracts prevention
  • Stroke prevention
  • Prevention of heart disease
  • Osteoporosis treatment

Vitamin C: Cold Prevention

Regularly, vitamin C is commented to prevent and/or treat the common cold.This is a controversial subject, and while a correlation is evident, further research is necessary for the confirmation of this theory.Currently, the results are inconclusive as the effect vitamin C has on the treatment and prevention of the common cold.Recent results show no significant change in common cold infection or healing rates.

Vitamin C Deficiencies: Scurvy

The condition known as scurvy is caused by a vitamin C deficiency.Scurvy is an uncommon disease, but occurs in malnourished individuals.It is associated with several symptoms:

  • Joint pain
  • Dry/scaly skin
  • Gum pain and inflammation
  • Nosebleeds
  • Diarrhea
  • General weakness
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Paleness
  • Pain/swelling of long bones
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anemia
  • Dry eyes

Vitamin C: Sources

Vitamin C is commonly found in the majority of fruits and vegetables.The following is a list of some fruits/vegetables that contain above average amounts of vitamin C:

  • Strawberries
  • Papaya
  • Broccoli
  • Brussell sprouts
  • Peppers (red and yellow)
  • Oranges
  • Guava
  • Kiwis

Vitamin C and You

Adequate amounts of vitamin C in the diet are essential to ensure overall general health.A diet rich in vitamin C ensures the prevention of scurvy and ensures proper amounts in presence for the generation and maintenance of the protein collagen.While vitamin C is not a global panacea, it is necessary according to daily nutritional requirements set by the food and drug administration (FDA).

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