Vitamin C for Collagen, Skin, Allergies and Asthma

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COLLAGEN

Vitamin C is essential for the formation of collagen in the body. Collagen is a protein substance which cements together the cells needed to make tissue.

Collagen is important to the body because:

* it is necessary for the structural soundness of bones, teeth, connective tissue, cartilage, and capillary walls

* it plays a role in wound and burn to heal; it is necessary for the formation of healthy connective tissue used by the body to knit together a wound or burn

* It may play an important rule in protecting the body from infection; a current theory holds that healthy collagen means stronger tissue which enables the body to resist invasion by disease microorganisms.

The body’s need for vitamin C appears to increase greatly during stress conditions. Emotional stress, extremely low environmental temperature, fever and infections are all stress conditions. Women taking birth control pills need an extra 1000 mg of vitamin C a day.

SKIN

After your skin is exposed to sunlight, vitamin C levels in your skin drop significantly. Cream or lotion with vitamin C in it can help you guard against skin cancer and wrinkles. Yes, you read it right, vitamin c on the skin will penetrate deeply into the skin, reducing the damage to your skin from ultraviolet light, and as a result reducing the wrinkles formed when your skin is damaged. According to a study reported in the British Journal of Dermatology, vitamin C applied to the skin of pigs protected them from ultraviolet light damage. By applying the vitamin C to your skin, you get 20 times more into your skin than if you took it by mouth. Vitamin C applied this way penetrates into the skin and can’t be rubbed, sweated, or even washed out. The beneficial effects can last up to twenty days, but according to the pig study, the skin is most protected by vitamin C is applied regularly. And that is why using the best collagen eye masks is also recommended.

ALLERGIES

If I could recommend one thing to help with allergy symptoms, it would be vitamin C, Dr James A Jackson states, “vitamin c can be very effective in the treatment of many allergies. It may be used alone or with other agents.” Large doses of vitamin C can decrease allergic symptoms, especially runny nose and cough.

Vitamin C performs an important antihistamine action in the body, making it a critical ally in fighting allergies. It is the body’s release of histamines that causes allergic symptoms such as red, itchy eyes and sinus congestion. This essential vitamin, in which many Americans are deficient, works directly to lower histamine levels in the body and supports the immune system in many ways. During allergy season, I recommend you take at least 1000 mg of Vitamin C three times daily, and if your symptoms continue or get worse, increase that to 1000 mg every two or three hours.

ASTHMA

According to Dr Arend Bouhays, Yale University Lung Research Center, New Haven, Connecticut: “Oral administration of 500 mg of vitamin c reduces the airway constriction induced by inhalation of histamine in healthy adults.” vitamin c also affords protection against the airway-constrictor effects of certain textile dust that act through the release of histamine in the lungs, Dr. Bouhays adds. If histamine plays a part in promoting mucosal inflammation in acute respiratory illness, Dr Bouhays speculates, then the antihistamine action of vitamin C might explain in part the reduced symptoms and duration of the illnesses.

Many physicians have noted that vitamin C can diminish, if not prevent completely the symptoms of byssinosis, a lung disease that strikes textile workers who breathe fibre dust. This was proven in an actual study in which textile workers were given 250 mg of vitamin c every few hours. Those who received vitamin C had significantly less incidence of the disease. In another study, athletes whose asthma was brought on by vigorous exercise had fewer asthma attacks when they took vitamin c just before and just after exercising.