The most popular supplement ever is obviously vitamin
C. This antioxidant serves the body in so many ways.
As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect
the inside of cells from free radical damage. A synthetic, oil soluble
form, a vitamin C is also available. The oil soluble form can help protect
the cell membrane.
Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen
and elastin. These proteins give strength and elasticity to the skin,
hair, nails, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, arterial walls, and
other tissues. Deficiencies of these proteins lead to wrinkles, emphysema,
diverticulitis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and other disorders.
The immune system is dependent on vitamin C for the
production of antibodies, interferons, immune enzymes, and immune cells.
The thymus gland, considered the master gland of immunity, and the adrenal
glands, which also play a major role in the immune system, are both
highly dependent on vitamin C for proper function. In fact, the adrenal
glands receive priority of vitamin C over the rest of the body.
The primary cause for vitamin C deficiencies is stress,
including pain. Stress causes the adrenal glands to work overtime, increasing
the requirement for vitamin C by the adrenal glands. Because the adrenal
glands receive priority of vitamin C over the rest the body, this reduces
available levels to other parts of the body. Stimulants, such as caffeine
and nicotine, also overwork the adrenal glands reducing vitamin C levels
in the body.