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Probably the best known of all the vitamins, vitamin C represents around 80% of our vitamin consumption. It is said that our body takes in 30 mg per day and the rest is going out, however it is very individual, and the real consumption can easily grow up to 500 mg, even few thousand mg per day in certain cases.

C is powerful antioxidant, and is needed for the productin of collagen, for the synthesis of dopamine and adrenaline in nervous system. The first mass manufacturer of the vitamin C was the Swiss pharma company Hoffman-La Roche in 1934, under Redoxon brand.

Most of the animals synthesize the vitamin C directly in their body. It is believed that people lost that ability at some point in the evolution of human race. An interesting fact is that long time ago, according to researchers estimates, man was able to produce about 3 to 4 g per day (goat for example can produce from 10-100 g per day), yet today's standards for optimum intake range from just 40 to 100 mg.

C can't be practically stored in the body, so it must be replenished daily. The scurvy disease is often mentioned in connection with the lack of vitamin C, which is characterized by loosing teeth and bleeding, worsening immunity and mild anaemia.

For cold and influenza prevention, the dose of at least 200 mg of vitamin C is recommended. Some people take up to 3 g per day. Especially smokers, alcoholics (liver depends on it for getting alcohol out of the body, the more vitamin it has, the quicker is the process) and diabetics have higher need for vit C.

Vitamin P (rutin) helps the absorption of vitamin C.

Generally, the ascorbic acid aka vit C increases the immunity against all illnesses, and is often being prescribed to support healing for cancer, hepatitis, virus diseases and many other sicknesses. Dr Pauling was one of the most vociferous proponents of higher vitamin C usage.

Dietary Reference Intakes published by Food and Nutrition Board of Institute of Medicine of National Academies for vitamin C in 2004 stand at 75-90 mg of vitamin C per day for an average healthy adult. Recommendations for infants, children, males and females under 18 years of age, or females during lactation and pregnancy differ from the average.



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