Importance of Vitamin C to Help Your Body Fight Disease and Stay Healthy

By Arturo Galindo, Cert. Nutritional Therapist

The importance of vitamin C to the body is crucial since it's involved in many vital biochemical processes. Ascorbic acid is the oil that helps keep the body in good operating condition, and it can be a powerful weapon to fight disease and delay aging.

Animals produce their own ascorbic acid in their bodies, and they produce more based on how sick they are, in order to get things running normal again.

On the other hand, we must rely on external sources to correct our vitamin C deficiency and supply or bodies with enough ascorbate in order to combat disease, stop infections and stay healthy.

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Important:  Ascorbic acid or vitamin C is more than a vitamin.
Why? It regulates many functions in your body to make sure they're doing their best job in keeping you healthy!

Transfer of Electrons

The American Biochemist Irwin Stone, who dedicated 40 years of research to vitamin C, describes the whole living process as an orderly flow and transfer of electrons

The ascorbic acid molecule has unique biochemical characteristics which allows it to donate or accept electrons from its surroundings. This process is called “oxidation-reduction system”.

And here’s the important thing… having enough ascorbic acid in the body helps make this flow and transfer of electrons happen more easily.

Ascorbic acid acts like an oil for the machinery of life. (Stone, Healing Factor)

Vitamin C Collagen Production

The importance of vitamin C and collagen to your body is crucial. 

Your body can't make collagen without ascorbic acid. And more vitamin C means more and stronger collagen.

  • It supports and hold the tissues and organs together
  • Provides toughness and flexibility to bones. Prevents brittleness
  • Strengthens arteries and veins
  • Supports the muscles
  • Toughness the ligaments and bones
  • Supplies scar tissue for healing wounds
  • Keeps a youthful skin soft, firm, supple and wrinkle-free

Collagen is intimately connected with the entire aging process, and it cannot be formed without ascorbic acid. (Stone, Healing Factor)

Activate Body Enzymes

Another aspect of the importance of vitamin C in the body is that it activates many body enzymes that control critical body functions. It makes the processes controlled by these enzymes more effective.

Some of these body processes include:

  • Nutrition, digestion of food and the body’s use of carbohydrates, proteins and fats
  • In carbohydrate metabolism it has an activating effect on insulin
  • Nervous system and brain chemistry

Detoxify the Body

The importance of vitamin C to detoxify the body is crucial. It's also one of the important benefits of vitamin C.

Vitamin C protects the body against toxins and poisons. It neutralizes toxic substances and helps the body to repair damage caused by toxins.

Why is important to supplement with large doses of vitamin C to fight toxins?

Your body is always fighting treats... a virus, bacteria, allergies, you name it. And toxins make it harder for the body to fight treats and stay healthy.

This is because toxins lower the vitamin C levels in the body in order to help it detoxify... and this means less vitamin C is available to fight other treats.

Toxins increase vitamin C production in the body of animals that produce their own ascorbate. This proves the action of ascorbic acid to neutralize as much toxin as possible.

Some of the toxins that ascorbate can help protect against include:

  • Mercury
  • Arsenic
  • Alcohol
  • Radiation
  • Venoms
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Carcinogens
  • Air pollution
  • Smoking

Increase Therapeutic Effect of Drugs

Several scientific studies have also shown that ascorbic acid can increase the therapeutic effect of different drugs and medicines. 

What does this mean? It makes these drugs more effective, and thus, less of the drug is required it it’s taken in combination with large amounts of ascorbic acid.

For example, by taking large enough doses of ascorbic acid: 

  • Diabetics could reduce insulin requirement
  • Analgesic users can increase its analgesic effect and lessen its toxic action on the body

A personal story...

I very rarely take drugs nowadays. Once or twice a year I may take something to help with a headache.

When I do that, I always make sure I take larger doses of ascorbic acid at the same time to enhance the drug response and prevent any unexpected side effects. 

This results of this scientific study prove how ascorbic acid can protect against side effects of common analgesics. 


The importance of vitamin C to the body includes acting as a nontoxic natural diuretic. But this is only possible in large enough doses.

A diuretic is a substance that helps the body increase the amount of urine you produce and help your body get rid of excess water by draining waterlogged tissues. 

Water retention can leave you feeling “puffy” and cause swollen legs, ankles, hands and feet. The factors that can cause water retention include the following:

  • Heart and kidney diseases
  • Hormonal changes
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Being inactive for long periods of time

Importance of Vitamin C to The Immune System

The importance of vitamin C to the immune system and the body’s ability to fight disease is second to none.

Thomas E. Levy, MD, in his book Curing the Incurable, Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins, provides ample documented evidence that vitamin C can either cure or contribute to the cure of many infectious diseases and toxins. 

At relatively low doses, ascorbic acid can inhibit the growth of bacteria. And at higher amounts it can kill it.  This is because ascorbic acid controls the process called phagocytosis, one of the body’s defenses against bacterial infections.

This process sends white blood cells to affected tissues to kill bacteria. And the number of bacteria that each white blood cell can kill is directly related to the ascorbic acid content in the blood.

On the other hand, ascorbic acid is a potent virucide that has the power to inactivate and destroy many viruses. However, this is only possible at high doses, and not vitamin levels.

Some of the infectious diseases that vitamin C has been able to cure or contribute to cure include the following:

  • Polio
  • Hepatitis
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Chickenpox
  • Pneumonia
  • Influenza
  • AIDS
  • Common Cold
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus

A personal story...

A few years ago, I was infected with shingles, which is a viral infection that causes painful rash. Take a look at this shingles study in PubMed.

My doctor said the virus was most likely a side effect of an allergy medication that I used to take (this is one reason I avoid taking drugs nowadays). 

Since I was afraid to go to the hospital, I decided to give my body enough ammunition in the form of liposomal Vitamin C to help fight the infection.

Liposomal is the strongest form of oral vitamin C that goes directly to your body cells, and many people think is as effective as intravenous Vitamin C.

Long story short, it took my body 4 days to destroy the shingles virus. But after that time, I was completely recovered, and I felt empowered.

And I also learned a lot more about the importance of vitamin C during those 4 days than all the time before then.



  • Levy, T. (2002) Curing the Incurable - Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins
  • Stone, I. (1972) The Healing Factor, Vitamin C Against Disease

By Arturo Galindo
Certified Nutritional Therapist

I have used vitamin C and nutrition for over 10 years to end my chronic diseases and help my family stay healthy. Learn about our story.

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