Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid is a nutrient-packed with benefits that help fight as well as cure infections, common cold, lead toxicity and even cancer. The vitamin is also known to boost the immune system, lower hypertension, heal wounds and maintain the elasticity of the skin by avoiding sagging and wrinkling. It also controls symptoms of asthma.
Vitamin C is actually a water-soluble type of vitamin which also happens to be a powerful antioxidant in the synthesis of collagen. Collagen helps in making blood vessels and muscles strong. The human body is not equipped to generate Vitamin C naturally, therefore one must fulfil their Vitamin C intake through food or other supplements.
What are its sources?
Citrus fruits such as grapes and oranges; Vegetables such as potatoes, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflowers and another leafy vegetable. Strawberries, kiwis, Mango touts, watercresses other foods such as chillies, parsley, sprouts and even cantaloupes are rich in Vitamin C. However, it should be ensured the food be cooked at a low temperature so as to retain the vitamin C content.
Let’s talk benefits
1 A cure for lead toxicity
Lead toxicity has lately become very common in urban cities causing hazardous health impacts like abnormal growth, behavioural problems and learning disabilities. Exposure to lead may increase blood pressure and damage kidneys, in case of adults. In the case of children, it may impact IQ levels. In such cases, Vitamin C is consumed as a supplement to reduce the lead levels in the blood.