Vitamin C was first really used in the form of lime juice to prevent sailors suffering from scurvy – and later gangrene. It is necessary to make collagen, which is needed to prevent the walls of the arteries and veins from breaking down. Vitamin C is also involved in preventing the arteries from hardening, and to stop LDL, or bad cholesterol, from forming plaques in them. It is a powerful antioxidant, and, as it prevents free radicals from damaging the body’s cells, it has been linked to a reduced risk of developing cancer, heart disease and neuro-degeneration.
Vitamin C is supposed to help fight off a cold, but can it prevent it? Research indicates that taking vitamin C at the start of a cold could stop it progressing. Vitamin C can be found in many fresh fruits and vegetables, including kiwis, citrus fruits, large red or green peppers, broccoli, and parsley. Tablet forms of vitamin C come in many different kinds, some are time-release formulas that dissolve slowly, some non-acidic, some chewable, so there is probably a supplement out there which could work for every taste.
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