All About Vitamin CApr 30, 2020 09:00AM ● By Alina Hornfeldt
Vitamin C as a known significant
benefit to health goes back to 1747 and British naval surgeon James Lind’s
experiments with citrus fruits as a treatment for scurvy. In 1932, chemist
Walter Haworth determined the molecular structure of isolated hexuronic acid
and named it ascorbic acid. The following year, Haworth led a team of
scientists to synthetically create ascorbic acid. Today, vitamin C and ascorbic
acid are used interchangeably. Haworth won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his
work with vitamin C in 1937. In 1970, chemist Linus Pauling published Vitamin
C and the Common Cold. As a bestseller, it highly influenced the role of vitamin
C in immune boosting to fight the common colds’ prevention and treatment in the
mind of the greater public.
Today, immune boosting is
definitely on the forefront of most everyone’s mind. Vitamin C is shown to aid
in the motility (independent movement) of white blood cells. White blood cells
are the body’s defense against germs such as bacteria and viruses. Because vitamin
C moves through the body so quickly and cannot be created or stored, during
times of vulnerability, supplementation throughout the day can be helpful to
keep the immune system strong.
While getting the bulk of your
nutrition from real foods such as fruits and vegetables is always recommended, vitamin
C is an inexpensive and readily available nutrient to find in supplement form.
Vitamin C supplements come in a wide variety. Capsules and tablets are common,
as are lozenges, chewable gummies and wafers. It is also found as a powder which
can be added to water, juice or smoothies. Since it comes in so many forms,
finding a way to take it that suits the individual is easy. High quality vitamin
C supplements are whole-food derived so the body has ready access. Very
commonly, vitamin C is a top ingredient in multivitamins, so be sure to read
labels to see what amount in milligrams is included. Most vitamin C supplements
come in either 500- or 1000-milligram doses. Check with your doctor to see what
dose is most appropriate for your age and level of health. Although too much vitamin
C is unlikely to be harmful, a megadose may cause upset stomach, headache and
Vitamin C may be very common, but
don’t underestimate its importance in keeping your body at peak performance.
Taken throughout the day, you are giving your body what it needs to function
efficiently and boost your immune system.
Alina Hornfeldt is
the marketing manager at Mastel’s Health Foods. The staff at Mastel’s is experienced, very knowledgeable and
available to help you find those supplements which best suit your needs. Mastel’s is located at 1526 St. Clair
Ave., St Paul. For more information, call 651-690-1692
or visit Mastels.com.