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Vitamin C / Ascorbic acid - Why are supplements beneficial?

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Why are supplements beneficial?

The role of antioxidants in the prevention of heart disease and cancers is now well documented. Research has pointed to the manifold benefit of increased intake of fresh fruits and vegetables which can even lower the incidences of cancer. The benefits of antioxidants, such as Vitamins E and C, are that they are believed to lower the chances of developing atherosclerosis, by combating oxidation.

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However, the use of ascorbic acid as a potent antioxidant in the prevention of atherosclerosis, cancer and stroke is still debatable.

Linus Pauling suggested the use of huge doses of vitamin C, in excess of 1 gram a day, to counter common cold. Yet, research does not substantiate this connection.

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prkalyan

Ascorbic Acid and Vitamin C are not the same. They are two different things. Vitamin C is a much bigger molecule and contains many different constituents apart from Ascorbic Acid - Ascorbic acid is found within the Vitamin C complex. Vitamin C contains a number of inseparable cofactors, such as rutin, bioflavonoids, factor k, factor j, factor p, ascorbinogen, protein chaperones, and various enzymes like tyrosinase, which together in their entirety constitute the Vitamin C complex. So kindly do not equate Ascorbic Acid with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is extremely powerful yet completely harmless compound and can be used in mega doses beneficially against many prevailing deceases including Cancer, AIDS and Heart deceases. The same cannot be said of Ascorbic Acid though. Kalyankrisnan P

kirmavpa

very much helpful to all members of Indian society.

ennairam_23

I take Vitamin C 500 mg everyday. It really makes a difference. I seldom get sick now.

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I tried a few I like the best is vitamin c from http://www.shaklee.net/thehealthyway/product/VitaC

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