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VITAMIN C FOR PILATES
17. SKIN SYSTEM
Vitamin C is required daily for numerous functions, such as the development of collagen, the substance that holds skin cells together. Conditions such as dry skin, wrinkles, easy bruising and splitting hair may all be due to a prolonged vitamin C deficiency, or intermittent supplies that cause the body to go without for a few days.
Vitamin C is vital for prevention and relief from skin infections that are often caused by burns, as well as wounds and sports injuries.
13. IMMUNE SYSTEM
Vitamin C is the most active water-soluble antioxidant.
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To maintain a strong immune system, daily intake of vitamin C-rich foods is essential, especially for people who smoke or suffer from stress-related conditions. Vitamin C is the best known vitamin, especially to offset colds and winter viruses. Human cells, when subjected to a solution of vitamin C, were able to produce increased amounts of interferon, a substance that the body produces to protect cells from viruses.
Vitamin C increases the number and activity of white blood cells with normal intake from natural foods. Ideally it needs bioflavonoids, such as the white pith in citrus or capsicum, to be fully active and effective.
Vitamin C protects cells from oxygen-based damage with ailments such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. When children are due to have vaccinations, ensure their vitamin C levels are adequate. Vitamin C promotes the absorption of iron, and for body cleansing and elimination of toxins, both vitamin C and iron-rich foods are essential. Medications and drugs can diminish the body’s store of precious vitamin C.
3. GLANDULAR SYSTEM
Vitamin C is essential for the health of the adrenal glands, and during conditions of stress, vitamin C is released from the adrenal glands. The liver requires vitamin C for elimination of toxins. Vitamin C protects against glandular infections such as tonsillitis, glandular fever and mumps.
15. OPTIC SYSTEM
Vitamin C is required daily for the health of the optic system. The lens of the eye needs vitamin C and a prolonged deficiency may cause poor vision.
2. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Vitamin C is required to convert cholesterol into bile acids. It is also vital for effective absorption of the mineral iron from dietary intake and the subsequent storage in the bone marrow. Vitamin C protects against excess acidity and it promotes the storage of folate for blood development and prevention of anaemia. Ideally, vitamin C foods are best obtained at most meals of the day, especially breakfast. Fat molecules that are transported around the body require vitamin C for protection from oxidation.
Vitamin C is required for the health of the nervous system and it is termed the ‘youth vitamin’ as it preserves skin tissue. The older we are, the more vitamin C we need. Vitamin C can last in the body for 10-20 hours under normal conditions. Stress, smoking, injury, viruses, disease, colds and infections can reduce vitamin C levels. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids are vital for the strength of arteries and capillaries. Vitamin C is important for children’s growth and for the proper formation of their teeth.
NOTE: d.v. refers to the daily value for women 25-50 years, refer to RDI chart for adult male and child values.