Vitamin C

Another supplement I take regularly is Vitamin C. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin that helps the body make collagen, necessary for the formation and maintenance of connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, and skin.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is vital for healing wounds, and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, aid in the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Research indicates that vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer).  Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold, help delay or prevent cataracts, and support healthy immune function.

Vitamin C is readily obtained through fruits and vegetables, but given all its benefits, I often add a Vitamin C supplement to my regimen