What are the functions of vitamin C?
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin necessary for the proper functioning of the immune system.
In order to understand some of the functions of vitamin C, it is needed at least a basic knowledge of the working mechanism of the immune system.
When the immune system detects the presence of toxins in the body, which in addition to smoking may be ingested through the polluted air, inhalation of toxic fumes from chemicals such as cleaning agents, or malnutrition, vitamin C is activated, and in a certain way links to these toxins, and eliminates them from the organism.
How many people know other functions of vitamin C in the body, except that it is good for colds?
I will enumerate some, and you decide whether some doctor had ever explained these facts to you.
- Vitamin C helps in the regeneration of vitamin E. I will not now indulge in the function of vitamin E, because it will take much time, but believe me when I say that this vitamin is also extremely important.
- Vitamin C helps in the separation of iron from food during metabolic processes and also has its role in the absorption of this element in the organism. The lack of vitamin C can cause iron deficiency, which causes anemia.
- This vitamin along with vitamin D, helps the absorption of calcium, which helps us to maintain our bones healthy.
- Vitamin C prevents damage to the inner part of the cell. Damage to the inner part of the cell, directly damages DNA, leading to the formation of carcinogens and tumor formation.
- Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, which accelerates the healing of wounds and scars and accelerates post- surgery recovery.
An orange or one lemon contains only 50 to 60 milligrams of vitamin C.
Have I said enough about vitamin C, or should I tell you more? The production of white blood cells, proteins, and interferon, which are the first line of defense in the battle against bacterial and viral infections, depends directly on the amount of commercially available vitamin C.
It has been shown that a lack of vitamin C can causes ear infections, urinary, vaginal and pulmonary infections.
How do our bodies use the necessary elements? We already know that vitamin C has several functions.
The body will take purchasable amounts of vitamins C and direct them where it considers that it needs the most. Let’s say, for supporting bone health or to regenerate vitamin E.
In the case of the beginning of a bacterial or viral infection, sometimes the body does not have enough vitamin C to support all the functions it should perform.
Often the immune system remains denied and does not have all the necessary elements to fight against bacteria such as E. coli.
Let us consider the habit of smoking. All the toxic elements and free radicals in tobacco smoke, increase the demand of vitamin C. Vitamin C connects to these toxic elements in order to neutralize them.
What should a good doctor advise smokers, or someone who is frequently exposed to tobacco smoke?
In addition to the classic tips for quitting tobacco for good: “Significantly increase the consumption of vitamin C in the body,” would be the right advice.
While most healthy persons need only a few thousand milligrams of vitamin C per day, others need 3,000, or even more.
Someone has been hard- working, and has calculated that the body consumes 25 milligrams of vitamin C with each smoked cigarette.
Two boxes of cigarettes a day and 1,000 milligrams are wasted. An average person, who relatively eats healthy food, consumes only 60 to 100 milligrams of vitamin C through the diet.
Those who eat an orange or two a day, or drink the juice from one lemon and think that they are filled with vitamin C actually are living in a lie.
One lemon or orange contains only 50 to 60 milligrams of vitamin C. This is approximately enough for two cigarettes.
Vitamin C is not the only element required by the organism whose consumption is significantly wasted when smoking.
For example, folic acid and other vitamins from group B are wasted more if you are a smoker.
A good doctor, in addition to tips for quitting the smoking habit, will give you alternative advice, that is, how to significantly reduce the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, if for any reason you are unable to stop this vice.