Sunday, October 21, 2012

Benefits and Side Effects of Vitamin C and Collagen

Collagen is a protein that serves as glue, glue the cells - skin cells so that bone and muscle injuries, broken bones and bruises heal faster.

If the intake of vitamin C is less, impaired collagen formation so that the cells can not stick together. Arise thrush, cracked skin, wobbly teeth, bleeding gums, blood vessels leaky, difficult wounds healed, vulnerable to infection, to bone thinning. In men, the effects of vitamin C deficiency is further reduced fertility and an increased risk of genetic damage in sperm that can cause birth defects.

However, the function of vitamin C not only that. There are more than 300 functions of vitamin C in the body. The basic function of vitamin C is to increase body resistance against disease and help cure the disease so the body can be more fit. Besides the main function of vitamin C is an antioxidant, which neutralizes toxins and free radicals in the blood and body fluid cells. In this way, vitamin C may help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and prevent blood vessel blockage that was causing hypertension and heart disease.

Also maintain lung health by neutralizing free radicals that enter through the respiratory system. Vitamin C also improves the function of cells - white blood cells that fight infection and heal faster from 1 to 1.5 days flu, helps activate folic acid (a vitamin B), increase the absorption of iron which prevents anemia, regenerates vitamin E so that it can longer used as an anti-oxidant.

Vitamin C is available in various forms. Both natural and synthetic vitamin C, as long as both are shaped and L-ascorbic acid has no performance difference. The forms of vitamin C:
Ascorbat acid (L-ascorbic acid).

This is the type of vitamin C that the body uses. Although acidic, acid strength is much lower than stomach acid. Type of vitamin C is also cheaper than other forms of vitamin C.

Ascorbate salt.


The nature of acid neutralized by vitamin C sodium or calcium salts that are considered safer for the stomach. In 1000 contained 131 mg of sodium ascorbate and 1 14 mg of vitamin C.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids.

Bioflavonoids are plant dyes that are commonly found in fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. Although bioflavonoids have antioxidant properties, only few studies have shown that in combination with vitamin C can improve the function of vitamin C.

Ascorbic acid and vitamin C metabolites

Calcium ascorbate plus a little dehydroascorbic (ascorbic acid is oxidized) and other materials. Although the aim to improve the work of vitamin C, human studies showed no difference with ascorbic acid.

Askorbil palmitate

Namely vitamin C esterified with palmitic acid (a fatty acid). Often added to skin creams to take advantage of its antioxidant properties. Askorbil palmitate is also available for a supplement drink and often called vitamin C ester. But this is different from the ester-C are categorized metabolite ascorbate with vitamin C.

The recommended daily requirement for vitamin C are: Baby (0-6 months) 40 mg, infants (7-12 months) 50 mg, children (1-3 years) 15 mg, children (4-8 years old) 25 mg, children (9-13 years) 45 mg, young men / women (14-18 years) 75 mg/65 mg, adult male / female 90 mg/75 mg, 85 mg pregnant women, nursing mothers need 120 mg and 35 mg for smokers / day higher than non-smokers. Cells - the body's cells become saturated with vitamin C at a dose of 4000 mg per day. So consumption above this dose did not provide additional benefit.

Giving Vitamin C
Various methods of delivery is by taking vitamin C orally (tablets, syrups, effervescent) and injection (intravenous and intramuscular). Special to the skin, vitamin C is injected results are much more real than taken orally. That is why, now more and more injections of vitamin C ogled by women who want the skin look brighter and supple. Even this therapy can help cure the disease.

There are two ways to inject that often do that is by intravenous and intramuscular. For injections of vitamin C, a more effective and safe is intravenous. Additionally injections through a vein (intravenous) is not too painful than injecting into the muscle (intramuscular). Injecting into the blood vessels do dilekukan inner elbow like when doing blood draws for lab tests or blood donations.

Many advantages of injectable vitamin C than oral consumption. Logically it can be known that the excess, with the absorption of vitamin C injected better because immediately following blood circulation. While vitamin C supplement form should pass through the digestive tract first and then get passed into the blood. In addition, dietary factors also affect absorption in the stomach. Injection dose depends on the purpose and conditions of the time, the dose is usually given 1-4 g persuntik. We recommend routine injections once or twice a week. After 8-10 times of injection, usually manfaaatnya can already be felt.

Side Effects

Although vitamin C is water soluble which if excessive intake can be issued automatically through urine but vitamin C also have side effects when consumed with improper dosing. Toddlers should not consume more than 400 mg because it may diarrhea. Adults should not consume more than 2000 mg a day because in addition to causing ulcers may also affect the kidneys.

The side effects of injectable vitamin C that fear is kidney stones. In a person who has this disease heredity, excess vitamin C can precipitate into crystals, especially if the person is not drinking enough water each day. Perceived symptoms in people with kidney stones are aches and pains in the waist area. If these symptoms develop after injection of vitamin C it needs to stop giving vitamin C. Should also be someone who is proven to have children with kidney stones do not do injections of vitamin C.

People with ulcers should also be careful, because the acidic vitamin C intake of vitamin C it should be encouraged to eat beforehand to avoid the pain in the stomach area.

Many benefits can be taken when consuming vitamin C, but should keep in mind that taking vitamin C is not the mainstay of therapy but an adjunctive therapy. Must be careful when taking vitamin C had a history of ulcer disease and kidney stones because it can aggravate the disease.

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