A Game Changer

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In 1937, the Nobel Prize in Physiology was awarded to Albert Szent-Gyorgyi for his research on vitamin C. At the time, vitamin C was a rare commodity and could only be extracted from adrenal glands or massive amounts of orange juice.

Szent-Gyorgyi’s discoveries helped launch an onslaught of vitamin C research, especially into its ability to enhance immune function.

The human body does not produce vitamin C. It must be obtained from outside-the-body sources. Water-soluble vitamin C is quickly excreted. That’s why it makes sense to supplement daily with vitamin C to ensure the body has the protection it needs.

Aging individuals tend to have lower levels of vitamin C circulating in their blood stream and immune cells. This can lead to impaired immune function.

While vitamin C helps maintain tissue and speed wound healing, an overlooked strength is its impact on boosting immune function. As you will read in this article, people with common diseases have lower vitamin C blood levels than healthy individuals.

With the growing body of data about the role that plant-based nutrients play in healthy aging, we sometimes forget about how much documentation exists in support of vitamin C, a nutrient found in small concentrations in certain plant foods.

New evidence is corroborating what scientists long ago advocated relating to the need for humans to maintain optimal vitamin C status.

 

                                                 The Importance Of Vitamin C

Vitamin C deficiency has been associated with frequency and duration of colds, along with immune system defects. While colds aren’t usually dangerous in themselves, they can lead to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases, especially for aging individuals. Colds can be an early indicator of gaps in immune function that could leave one vulnerable to a cascade of serious infections.

A deficiency of vitamin C broadly affects the various key aspects of immune function, which include the innate system we are born with, the adaptive system that develops from infancy to young adulthood, the cells that kill invaders, the cells that coordinate those attacks, and even the production of antibodies that fight known infections.

As a result of vitamin C’s wide-ranging impact on the immune system, a deficiency could leave us vulnerable to infections. A weakened immune system caused by low vitamin C levels can make any infection more serious. This danger becomes more ominous in older adults, in whom the phenomenon of immunosenescence (the aging of the immune system) already heightens risk.

There are multiple causes of insufficient vitamin C. Aging is one major cause of lowered vitamin C levels. The concentration of vitamin C in immune cells decreases with age, partly the result of an increasingly oxidative environment that consumes vitamin C. This can lead to damage to DNA, proteins, and fat molecules needed for normal immune function.

Stress is another major trigger for reducing vitamin C levels, leaving the affected individuals vulnerable to infection at precisely the time that stronger immune support is needed.

In some remarkable human findings, low vitamin C blood levels have been associated with a number of common human diseases. The table below shows higher plasma vitamin C levels in healthy individuals compared to those with serious diseases, most notably cancer and sepsis.

Life Extension

Mixed Ascorbate powder has been a game changer for my young children. 2,800mg of vitamin C, 200mg of calcium, and 100mg of magnesium. Dosage will vary on age of child with Mixed Ascorbate powder. It is very easy to mix in water and very tasteless. Trying to keep children healthy around school and childcare can be challenging. I’ve been so impressed with the results I’ve had with my two young ones that we are stocking this product in the office now. Here are some health conditions related to low vitamin C.

-Scurvy

-Swollen gingiva

-Periodontal destruction

-Loose teeth

-Soft tissue ulceration

-Soft tissue ulceration

-Increase infections

-Poor wound healing

-Easy bruising

-Anemia

 

Dr. J

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