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The Importance of Vitamin C

The Importance of Vitamin C

In honor of National Vitamin C Day, we’ll talk about vitamin C–its effects on the body and health benefits for people living with Turner Syndrome (TS).

Note: The information in this post is educational and should not replace medical advice from your medical professional(s). Always consult with them to be sure of any personalhealth concernsthat you have.

What is vitamin C?

Vitamin C–also known as ascorbic acid–is a nutrient found in many fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, humans do not make it. Therefore, we must ingest it through food or as a dietary supplement. This is highly recommended since it offers many health benefits. Several of these benefits include:

  • reduce severity and duration of the common cold,
  • prevent age-related eye diseases,
  • boost skin health,
  • possibly lower risk of certain types of cancer (e.g., breast, colon, lung), and
  • reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Certainly, it is known to have a supportive role in the immune system. Specifically, it acts as an antioxidant that helps prevent damage to the body from highly reactive molecules called free radicals. Additionally, it’s important for the formation of collagen. Most importantly, collagen is a protein involved in wound healing and the formation of connective tissue.

Why is vitamin C important for TS?

Bone problems are a common problem in people with TS. In other words, people living with TS are at an increased risk for bone fractures and osteoporosis. Additionally, scoliosis occurs in ~20% of people living with TS.

Most importantly, vitamin C plays a role in bone health. For example, studies show that it exerts a positive effect on bone cells that increases bone growth and stability.

Where to get more vitamin C?

As noted, it’s found in a lot of different foods. For instance, here’s a list:

  • red peppers,
  • oranges,
  • kiwifruits,
  • green peppers,
  • broccoli,
  • strawberries,
  • brussel sprouts,
  • grapefruits,
  • tomato juice, and
  • cantaloupes.

Additionally, supplements provide an option. Look for supplements containing either vitamin C or ascorbic acid. However, note that high levels (i.e., >2,000 mg a day) increase the likelihood of developing kidney stones.

National Vitamin C Day!

National Vitamin C Day (April 4, 2021) was founded by the company, SkinCeuticals, in 2019 to celebrate its health benefits. Here are some ways we suggest celebrating:

  • snack on a grapefruit,
  • stir fry some red bell peppers, or
  • drink a refreshing glass of orange juice.

Sources

  1. Britannica
  2. Mayo Clinic
  3. Cleveland Clinic Turner Syndrome
  4. NIH
  5. Aghajanian, P. et al. The Roles and Mechanisms of Actions of Vitamin C in Bone: New Developments. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 30(11), 1945-55 (2015). [Article]

Written by Reyn Kenyon, TSF volunteer blog post writer and editor.


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