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Vitamin C: Health Benefits, Deficiency and Food Sources

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin that most people readily associate with fresh fruits and vegetables. This vitamin is involved in the activity of several enzymes and works as a powerful antioxidant. Its multiple roles within the body include making collagen for connective fibers in tissues such as bones, teeth, skin and cartilage, making L-carnitine that is necessary for fat metabolism, helping to heal cuts and bruises, taking part in the formation […]

Natural Antioxidants and their Health Benefits

Some of the most common vitamins and minerals have in the past few decades became better known as powerful antioxidants. Scientists continue investigating their anti-oxidative properties to better understand whether such vitamins and minerals can really prevent chronic illnesses or moderate their intensity and evidence is growing all the time. Some highly distinguished researchers now recommend diets deliberately high in antioxidants to help the body to get rid of free radicals. Common conditions, that some […]

Diet and Immunity

Although vitamins and minerals alone cannot cure or prevent an infection, extra doses of certain nutrients do seem to reduce the severity of some infectious diseases. It goes without saying that a long-lasting vitamin deficiency is an invitation to disease. A vigorous immune system is all that stands between us and perpetual infection while dietary nutrients are known to have a significant impact on the status of our immune system. Some experts even suggest that […]