Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production, which is essential for ligament formation and healthy joints. It helps metabolize Lysine and Proline in the formation of this connective tissue. It is also necessary for the formation of blood vessels and is the protein, which forms the connective tissue in skin.
Vitamin C helps maintain strong capillaries and prevents the oxidation of lipoproteins, helping to lower cholesterol levels. A study at UCLA showed that men who took 300 mg. per day had a lower risk of heart disease than those taking only 49 mg. daily. In another study in 1997 at the U. of Maryland and reported in the N.E. Journal of Med., volunteers were given 1000 mg. of Vitamin C plus 800 IU of Vitamin E prior to a high-fat meal. Others were given high-fat meals without supplementation, while still others ate a low fat meal. High fat impairs endothelial cells from functioning properly, disrupting proper blood flow, which is an early sign of heart disease. Those who were pretreated with the vitamins had no negative blood flow impairment, as well as those on a low fat meal; however those without Vitamin C and E who ate a high-fat meal without this supplementation, measured negative blood flow for up to 4 hours.
This vitamin has antibacterial and antiviral properties and has been associated with suppressing viral genes including the rhinovirus, which causes colds. Studies have noted decreases in bronchitis, tonsillitis and other common respiratory infections in schoolchildren who have been supplemented with Vitamin C. Antioxidant expert, Lester Packer, Ph.D., Berkley, theorizes that Vitamin C antioxidant properties may prevent viruses from activating, and the collagen production capabilities of the vitamin may build protective barriers preventing the viruses from entering the cells.
OTHER BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C
Wound healing and prevention of cataract formation.
For diabetics, who tend to be deficient in vitamin C and more prone to heart disease. However those on medications such as chlorpropamide (Diabinese) should not take vitamin C, since it may interfere with the absorption of this drug.
Gallbladder disease. Vitamin C may help prevent gallbladder disease as reported by Dr. J. Simon, U. of Cal., S.F., April 2000, Archives of Internal Medicine. It was noted that since Vitamin C regulates the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, low levels of Vitamin C may be a risk for human gallbladder disease.
Neurological health. Vitamin C is necessary for the metabolism of tyrosine, phenylalanine and tryptophan into neurotransmitters.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CONTROLLED RELEASED SYSTEM AND BIOFLAVONOIDS?
High single doses of Vitamin C will quickly cause the body to reach its saturation point and not accept anymore of this essential nutrient. The rest of the vitamin will be eliminated in the urine, without getting the full benefits of the dosage. Up to 90% of the dosage may be excreted. A time controlled Vitamin C system allows small amounts of Vitamin C to be released and utilized by the body over an extended period of time, allowing for more beneficial results of the vitamin. Controlled release also minimizes stomach irritation in sensitive individuals.
Bioflavonoids, found primarily in Citrus fruits, are necessary for the proper function of Vitamin C.
Ingredients per each controlled released tablet:
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 1000 mg.
Citrus bioflavonoids 50 mg
Take 1 controlled released tablet per day with food, or as needed.