Vitamin C

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is probably one of the most highly publicized, yet least understood, of all of the vitamins. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about vitamin C and its potential benefits in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It is important for your skin, bones and connective tissue. It promotes healing and helps the body absorb iron.

Vitamin C comes from fruits and vegetables. Good sources include citrus, red and green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and greens. Some juices and cereals have added vitamin C.

Some people may need extra vitamin C:

Pregnant/breastfeeding women

Smokers

People recovering from surgery, and

Burn victims

A severe deficiency of vitamin C causes scurvy. Although rare, scurvy results in severe symptoms and can cause death.

Many health benefits for vitamin C have been proposed, but evidence in scientific studies is lacking. Research on asthma, cancer and diabetes remains inconclusive, and a lack of benefit has been found for the prevention of cataracts or heart disease.

The use of vitamin C in the prevention or treatment of colds remains controversial with extensive research conducted. Overall, vitamin C lacked an effect on the development of colds and on cold symptoms. However, the duration of the cold shortened slightly.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.