Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin referred as ascorbic acid in the scientific world. Our body can’t store this vitamin, since it gets excreted via urine. Therefore, a continuous intake of this vitamin is required.
Why this vitamin is important for our health? It helps our skin capillaries to remain intact and prevent bleeding and also helps in wound healing.
What happens if we lack this vitamin? A well known disease called scurvy occurs when one lacks it in his or her body. Scurvy is characterized by gum bleeding.
From what sources can we get this vitamin? Obviously from a bunch of plant sources like grapes, guava, lemon, orange, tomato, garlic etc. Well commercial preparations of this vitamin are also available in stores, but that might not be a wise way to take it since you are possibly going to miss the fiber rich pulp of the plant products, when you are taking the vitamin extract. Read somewhere that in old times sailors used to carry lemons with them when they went for long voyages to avoid vitamin C deficiency.
Does vitamin C prevent Cancer?
According to recent US based research, vitamin C if given by veins (instead of giving it by mouth) may be able to prevent cancer. However, no strong evidence exists in this regard. Pharma companies will probably not be interested to test it via a clinical trial since they can’t patent vitamin, which is a product of nature like air or water. It is said that alternative medical practitioner know about vitamin c’s cancer preventive roles.
Here is an excerpt in this regard from BBC:
High-dose vitamin C can boost the cancer-killing effect of chemotherapy in the lab and mice, research suggests.Given by injection, it could potentially be a safe, effective and low-cost treatment for ovarian and other cancers, say US scientists.Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, they call for large-scale government clinical trials.Pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to run trials, as vitamins cannot be patented.Vitamin C has long been used as an alternative therapy for cancer.In the 1970s, chemist Linus Pauling reported that vitamin C given intravenously was effective in treating cancer.via BBC News – Vitamin C keeps cancer at bay, US research suggests.