Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Adequate levels of vitamin C each day could help fight the battle of the bulge. Registered dietician Carol Johnson of Arizona State University says that even small deficiencies of vitamin C may contribute to obesity as vitamin C makes carnitine, a substance that helps cells burn fat. She found that people with adequate vitamin C, found in oranges and kiwis, break down 30 percent more fat than those with low amounts of vitamin C.

Inform your doctor if you're taking large amounts of vitamin C. C can change results of lab tests for sugar in the blood and urine and give false negative results in tests for blood in stool specimens.

It is possible that large amounts of vitamin C might reverse the anticoagulant activity of the blood thinner warfarin, commonly prescribed as Coumadin.

A deficiency of vitamin A can lead to loss of vitamin C.

Foods high in vitamin C can boost your level of HDL (good) cholesterol.

Doses of vitamin C exceeding 2,000 mg a day may cause diarrhea.

Vitamin C helps keep your immune system, gums, and capillaries healthy.

Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E are important because they protect our bodies against free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules that damage cells by stealing electrons.


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