VITAMIN C (Ascorbic Acid)
IMPORTANCE: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is a major and very potent anti-oxidant. It plays a primary role in the formation of collagen, which is important for the growth and repair of body tissue cells, gums, blood vessels, bones and teeth. It protects against the harmful effects of pollution; protects against infection, and enhances the immune system. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) helps protect against many forms of cancer by counteracting the formation of nitrosamines (cancer-causing substances). It protects against abnormal blood clotting and bruising, and may reduce the risk of cataracts. It aids in the treatment and prevention of the common cold and prevents scurvy. It reduces the effects of many allergy producing substances. It helps lower blood pressure; is vital for wound healing and strengthens the blood vessels. It reduces cholesterol and protects against heart disease. It aids in the production of "anti-stress" hormones. It is needed for healthy adrenal function; helps expel heavy metals and other toxic substances from the body.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May lead to soft & bleeding gums, swollen or painful joints, slow-healing wounds & fractures, bruising, nosebleeds, tooth decay, loss of appetite, muscular weakness, skin hemorrhages, capillary weakness, anemia, impaired digestion.