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Vitamin C

What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid,  is a vitamin we need on a daily basis. Some animals actually make their own Vitamin C, but humans must get theirs from food and other sources. Good sources of Vitamin C include fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits. It can also be made in a reputable laboratory for supplementation.

Most health experts recommend getting Vitamin C from a diet high in fruits and vegetables rather than simply taking supplements, although due to the hustle and bustle of every day life and not always eating balanced meals rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, it is beneficial to have a supplement as part of your daily routine, along with your multi vitamin or greens drink.

 

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Back in the day, Vitamin C was used for preventing and treating scurvy. Although, scurvy is now quite rare, it was once very common among sailors, when the voyages lasted longer than the supply of fresh fruits and veg, they began to suffer from vitamin C deficiency, which led to scurvy.

These days, Vitamin C is used most often for preventing or treating minor ailments like the common cold. Some people use it for other infections such as  gum disease, acne and other skin infections, bronchitis, (HIV) disease, bacterial stomach ulcers, tuberculosis, dysentery (an infection of the lower intestine), and skin infections or infections of the bladder and prostate. It is also used to treat depression, dementia, Alzhemier’s, fatigue, iron absorption for those deficient in iron and for ADHD. Recent studies are also linking Vitamin C to help strengthen the heart and blood vessels preventing clots in your veins and arteries, high blood pressure and stroke.

Although, there are a number of theories as to how effective Vitamin C is for certain ailments, viruses, infections and so on, it is important to do your own personal research and speak to your Health Professional before making any decisions about supplementation or drastic changes in your diet.

How does it do?
Vitamin C is required for the optimum development and function of the body, playing a hugely important role in maintaining proper immune function.

Are there any side-effects?
Side-effects of too much Vitamin C include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach cramps, headache, and others- Also go on the advice of your trainer as to how much is good for your needs.

Should you be taking any prescribed medications, always consult your GP before taking any new supplements. If you are interested in buying our own in-house Vitamin C supplement you can do so online or at the gym.

For further information on Vitamin C or to speak to one of our team, please call 01 8534091 or email info@theedgeclontarf.com