June 2014

In this month’s newsletter, I would like to share with all my readers just a few of the amazing health benefits of Vitamin C.  Most animals have the ability to manufacture Vitamin C within their own bodies.  There are only a few animals that are incapable of preforming this miraculous feat.  Most animals have the ability to synthesize Vitamin C; however, humans must consume Vitamin C in their diets so as not to become deficient.  Other primates, guinea pigs, and many bats also must obtain Vitamin C from their diets as well. 

As you read through this month’s newsletter I think you will certainly agree that optimal Vitamin C levels are most important to overall good health and a long healthy life. 

As you will see, YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE DEFICIENT IN VITAMIN C!

We will be covering several critical areas of health in which a chronic deficiency in Vitamin C could not only be problematic but extremely dangerous to your health. 

COLLAGEN FORMATION

Collagen is the supportive matrix of most tissues in the body, also called connective tissue.  When Vitamin C is deficient, collagen formation and repair is weakened.  Collagen helps contain malignant tumors, which are constantly trying to invade normal tissues, and it supports all organs and blood vessels.

When collagen levels are low poor bone healing occurs.  When collagen is weakened around blood vessels, it can lead to hemorrhoids and varicose veins.  Collagen literally helps hold our body tissues together!

STRESS AND VITAMIN C  
Stress rapidly depletes Vitamin C from the body, especially if it is prolonged and intense.  Our adrenal glands (small glands that sit on the upper pole of each kidney) play a central role in allowing us to deal with stress in our lives.  One of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C anywhere in the body is the adrenal glands. 

As we age we are at a much greater risk of becoming deficient in this miracle vitamin if we are not careful to eat a healthy diet.  Smoking can cause a severe deficiency in Vitamin C as well as diets low in fruits and vegetables. 

VITAMIN C ---- A POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT
Most people know that Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant, and this is why it is such a good supplement to boost the immune system.  Vitamin C is water-soluble and so it works in synergy with Vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble vitamin.  Together, they work their magic inside the cell (Vitamin C) as well as within the cell membrane (Vitamin E).  Together they protect our cells from damage of free-radicals within the body. 

VITAMIN C AND CATARACTS
Most of us as we age become quite concerned about developing cataracts, I know I am.  When we age the proteins in the lens of the eye undergo damage from oxidative stress, producing a substance known asadvance glycation end products(AGEs).  This substance will lead to clouding of the eye’s lens, also known as a CATARACT.

Exciting new research has found that the lens of the eye is among the tissues in the body having the highest Vitamin C levels.  With aging and disease, this Vitamin C can undergo metabolic destruction, producing several compounds that produce AGE’s.  Combinations of antioxidants dramatically reduce cataracts --- especially the carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin), Vitamin E, Vitamin C, curcumin, quercetin, and resveratrol.  Making these antioxidants a regular part of your nutritional supplementation regime can go a long way toward preventing cataracts. 

VITAMIN C ---- POWERFUL PROTECTION FOR THE HEART
Research has shown that deficiencies in Vitamin C are associated with arterial disease, heart attack, and strokes.  Dr. Linus Pauling (a two-time Nobel Prize winner) studied Vitamin C for more than 50 years and proved that Vitamin C could prevent and even reverse heart disease.  Vitamin C can relax blood vessels and lower elevated blood pressure. 

In one randomized double-blind, study of 800 heart attack patients, it was found that those receiving high-dose intravenous vitamin C as well as oral vitamin C for 30 days had far less risk of heart failure, recurrent heart attacks and death than those treated with conventional methods.

VITAMIN C BOOSTS BRAIN FUNCTION
The brain has the highest Vitamin C content of any organ or tissue in the body.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that elevates mood and is found to be quite low in patients with Parkinson’s disease. 

Parkinson’s patients are usually found to be deficient in Vitamin C.  Since Vitamin C plays an important role in the brain’s manufacture of dopamine Vitamin C therapy may be useful in preventing or treating Parkinson’s disease.  There is evidence that Vitamin C deficiency also plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease.

RECOMMENDATIONS
It important to supplement with quality Vitamin C supplements.  Here, I will give my personal and professional recommendations for the best quality supplements.  By far my favorite Vitamin C supplement is CATAPLEX C which is a whole-food supplement made by Standard Process Laboratories.

This product is not just ascorbic acid but is the entire Vitamin C Complex.  Alone with ascorbic acid this product contains P factors (bioflavonoids, rutin), J factor, Vitamin K, and tyrosinase (enzyme).



Cataplex C is in my opinion the very best Vitamin C product available on the market today.

Magnesium Ascorbate is an acceptable form of Vitamin C that is easily tolerated by the gut.

Esterfied C is a good product for supplementing.

IN SUMMARY

Please consider adding a good quality Vitamin C Complex to your nutritional regime on a daily basis.  Reread the above listed health benefits you can expect by keeping good Vitamin C levels in your blood.  I am available to discuss this subject with you if you call me.If you have found this Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend. You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

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