Among all the vitamins, vitamin C seems to be the most omnipresent in the home—not just in bottled form but in most fruits and veggies that families stock up on. It’s been known to do wonders for the immune system, and is easily soluble. Therefore, even in excess amounts, it poses hardly any risk of overdose compared to other vitamins. We’ve been taking them since we were kids and have automatically passed on the habit to our children. Here’s an update of vitamin C’s newfound benefits:
1. Stronger lungs Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco found that vitamin C intake was associated with higher lung function, especially among female students.
2. Asthma prevention Earlier studies published in European Respiratory Journal (first quarter, 2005) have shown that people with low vitamin C consumption are at higher risk of developing asthma.
3. Decreased need for asthma medication With an increase in intake of vitamin C, existing asthma patients may require less inhaled medication, according to the August 2001 issue of Australian Pharmacy.
4. Cancer buster A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America states that vitamin C, in concentrated form and administered intravenously, can effectively kill certain cancer cells.
5. Stronger heart A Harvard study has shown that intake of vitamin C supplements lowers the risk of heart problems by 30 percent.
6. Averts Alzheimer’s Johns Hopkins University has found that combining vitamin C supplements with vitamin E supplements can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
7. Prevents gout Various studies have also shown that increased intake of vitamin C reduces uric acid levels, leading to lower risk for those predisposed to gout.
Instant cure-all: A dose of vitamin C can boost the immune system in as little as 5 hours, according to WebMD Medical News.