5 Benefits of Vitamin C

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Long before vitamin C had been isolated, every good sailor knew eating citrus fruit prevented scurvy. You may not be too worried about getting scurvy, but vitamin C still has plenty of other benefits for you. Unlike most other animals, humans can’t produce their own vitamin C—to enjoy the benefits this vitamin has to offer, you have to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

5 Mood Elevator

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Does eating an orange put a smile on your face? Maybe. Vitamin C is necessary to create neurotransmitters that are critical to healthy brain function and are related to mood. Studies with hospital patients revealed those given vitamin C showed improvements in their general mood level. Symptoms of vitamin-C deficiency include depression, weakness and a sense of lethargy. The jury’s still out on whether vitamin C might actually make people happier, but in the meantime, an extra orange or two certainly wouldn’t hurt.

4 Collagen Creator

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Collagen is one of the building blocks of important body parts like blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bones—and your body can’t make it without vitamin C. Collagen helps heal wounds and creates scar tissue, as well as making your skin, bones and teeth stronger. If you’re not consuming enough vitamin C, your teeth will have weaker enamel, making them more prone to decay. Vitamin C deficiencies also cause rough, scaly skin and painfully swollen joints.

3 Blood Flow Stimulator

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Your blood vessels dilate to allow the blood to flow to parts of your body that need it most. If they’re unable to do that, serious problems like heart disease can develop. Additionally, traumatic events like a heart attack or a stroke will do greater damage if your body can’t send more blood to assist the affected areas. Continuous treatment with vitamin C helps people with heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure live longer and healthier lives.

2 Immunity Booster

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Everyone knows vitamin C cures the common cold, right? Well, not exactly. Vitamin C does stimulate the production and function of various cells that fight foreign bacteria and viruses. If you consistently consume plenty of foods with vitamin C, you won’t necessarily be immune to colds. However, when you do get sick, you probably won’t be as sick as someone who doesn’t have high levels of the vitamin—and your cold won’t last as long. Taking vitamin C after you’ve become ill is too late, though— this is a preventative benefit.

1 Free Radical Fighter

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Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties provide its greatest benefit to your body and your health. As it goes through its normal chemical processes, your body creates damaging free radicals—and daily exposure to toxins and pollutants creates still more. Free radicals damage important cells and proteins in your body and can contribute to terrible and potentially deadly diseases like cancer. Vitamin C protects all your necessary molecules from being damaged by free radicals and even stimulates the regeneration of other antioxidants that have been destroyed.

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