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Why Vitamin C Is Important For Men

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Why vitamin C is important for men

Vitamin C is one of the most common vitamins in America. Most Americans take vitamin C supplements. Men and women are able to enjoy the other many health benefits of vitamin C because it:

  • Aids in red blood cell production in bone marrow; this improves blood vessel, bone, gum, and teeth health.
  • Boosts iron and calcium absorption by producing antibodies.
  • Builds up collagen (vitamin C is necessary in the manufacture of collagen), which are connective tissues that combat against the free radicals that cause disease and infection. Collagen is necessary, too, because these connective tissues are found in bones, cartilage, capillary walls, joint linings, ligaments, skin, teeth, and vertebral discs.
  • Heals urinary tract infections.
  • Heals wounds.
  • Maintains healthy skin.
  • Manages ascorbic acid metabolism. This is important because that means vitamin C is protecting your body against arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, and musculoskeletal degeneration. And more specifically for men, it protects against male infertility.
  • Neutralizes dangerous reactions in the fluid and blood inside and surrounding cells.
  • Prevents allergic reactions, blood clots, cancer, heart and periodontal disease.
  • Promotes heart health.
  • Protects against oxidative damage.
  • Reduces high bad cholesterol levels.
  • Repairs arterial and capillary functions.
  • Strengthens cellular function.
  • Treats anemia.

What is vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant. Being a water-soluble vitamin means vitamin C is lost during the cooking process. This includes the steaming process, too. When you steam your vegetables too long, you can be assured the efficiency of vitamin C has been compromised. When exposed to the air and light, vitamin C becomes oxidized, which means most of its benefits can be destroyed.

What's the recommended daily dosage of vitamin C?

Some vitamins and minerals have different dosage amounts for males and females, but not vitamin C. The recommended dosages are the same for men and women; however, the difference comes between two factors: smokers and nonsmokers and those who eat fruits and vegetables and those who don't. If you eat fruits and vegetables and don't smoke, you should aim for 100% DV of vitamin C. If you don't eat fruits and vegetables and smoke, you should aim for 150% DV of vitamin C.

What can vitamin C deficiencies lead to?

A lack of vitamin C can increase risk for internal bleeding, poor wound healing, and scurvy.

In what foods can vitamin C be found?

Vitamin C can be found in fruits, potatoes, and vegetables. Foods from animal sources contain virtually no vitamin C; however, raw fish has high enough vitamin C concentrates to prevent vitamin C deficiencies. The highest doses of vitamin C are contained in fresh foods and raw foods. When sprouted, beans, seeds, and whole grains actually raise their ascorbic acid properties.

Sources: http://www.wegmans.com/eatwelllivewell/healthyEating/010404a.asp

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