Vitamin C plays an essential role in the immune system. It is found in every cell of our body and performs various functions:
It aids in fighting off foreign invaders.
It is vital to the production of collagen, which is involved in the building and health of cartilage, joints, skin, and blood vessels.
It helps protect the fat-soluble vitamins A and E as well as fatty acids from oxidation.
It aids in neutralizing pollutants.
It is needed for antibody production.
It has natural antihistamine properties.
Other Possible Benefits
One small study conducted at the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, found significant reductions in blood levels of histamine after people took 1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C for three consecutive days.
An Italian study found that people with hay fever, who had taken 2,000 milligrams of Vitamin C daily, were better able to maintain the volume of air they could exhale.
Vitamin C may also help reduce some of the inflammation associated with chronic allergies, according to other studies.
Studies have found that Vitamin C may:
Contribute to healthy bones
Help prevent periodontal disease
Aid in healing wounds
Combat inflammation and pain
Aid iron absorption
Break down histamine
Offer potent antioxidant protection
Protect lung function
Maintain cognition in the elderly
It is also used to treat scurvy. For more information on Vitamin C, click here.