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.
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.
One of the most importance functions of ascorbic acid in the body is to create and maintain collagen, the most important structural substance in the body.
Collagen is the cement that “glues” the body together, and it cannot be formed without ascorbic acid.
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:
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.
Some of the toxins that ascorbate can help protect against include:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.