Intake of vitamin C tablets has been known for long as a precautionary measure to avoid cold. It would be wrong to call it a myth, but research studies have still not found enough evidence regarding effects of vitamin C in preventing cold. However, the role of vitamin C in various bodily functions are well-known and are scientifically-proven. Known as Ascorbic acid, this water-soluble vitamin needs to be consumed every day as human body does not synthesize vitamin C endogenously. Individuals with limited diet, smokers, babies feeding on boiled or evaporated milk, and patients suffering from certain medical conditions are at risk of deficiency of vitamin C. Acute deficiency of vitamin C causes scurvy and hence, regular intake of 75-90 mg of vitamin C is recommended for adults.
Vitamin C is associated with a wide range of bodily functions including strengthening of immune system, absorption of iron, and maintenance of teeth and bones. Owing to its antioxidant properties, vitamin C is known to counter effects of free radicals produced during oxidative stress. Further, it also regenerates other anti-oxidants in the body. Studies have been undergoing to determine the role of vitamin C in prevention or delay in onset of cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancers. Vitamin C also plays a role in metabolism of proteins and formation of collagen. Collagen, in turn, helps in healing of wounds and repair of body tissues. Consumption of vitamin C is considered good for healthy skin.
Sources of Vitamin C
Citrus fruits such as lime, lemon, and orange have high amount of vitamin C. Other food sources of vitamin C include red and green pepper, grapefruit, strawberry, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cantaloupe, kiwi, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. It is usually recommended to eat raw citrus fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C as ascorbic acid is water-soluble and prolonged cooking or storage might reduce the vitamin C content of food.
Deficiency of vitamin C is extremely rare as it is often consumed through fruits and vegetables in regular diet. You may know that Vitamin C is water-soluble and it is not stored in the body. Too much of vitamin C is not harmful in most cases and hence, it is presumed safe to take multivitamin supplements containing vitamin C along with other vitamins and minerals. Various multivitamin supplements available in market contain vitamin C in form of ascorbic acid, calcium ascorbate, sodium ascorbate, and others.
Purayati’s Vitamins for Hair, Skin, and Nails
Purayati’s Vitamins for Hair, Skin, and Nails is a vitamin supplement aimed for maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails. Rich in 17 vital nutrients including vitamin A, biotin, vitamin C, vitamin D, and minerals such as iron, zinc, selenium and inositol, these multivitamin tablets help address various skin and hair problems viz. rough patches, dark spots, excessive dryness of skin, dandruff, and hair fall, and fragile nails. Developed at a well-equipped FSSAI and ISO certified plant, the product is highly efficacious and of high quality to address dietary requirements of the body.