5 Major Myths About Vitamin C

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Tuesday 26 October 2021

The “MedicForum” website talked about many myths about “vitamin C”, which can be found on the Internet, and about its origins and root causes, according to what Jay in the “Sputnik” website.

Myth #1: Vitamin C can only be obtained from food

This is not at all the case: about a century ago, vitamin complexes were available to mankind, with the aim of replenishing the missing elements in the body. In some regions, some fruits and vegetables may not be readily available depending on the season.

Vitamin C is now produced in various forms: tablets, capsules, ascorbic acid, powders, and chewable mixtures.

Myth 2: Vitamin C can build up in the body.

It is believed that if at some point you ate a lot of citrus fruits or took a handful of vitamins, then the charge of strength and immunity will last for a long time.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. This vitamin is water soluble, which means that it is quickly excreted from the body during the metabolism process.

Myth #3: Vitamin C destroys tooth enamel

It all depends on the method of replenishment of the vitamin in the body. Since the vitamin is present in citrus juice, which has an acidity and enamel is still an organic compound, albeit very strong, the effect of the environment with a high acidity index is unfavorable to it. That is, if you regularly drink pure lemon juice to replenish the vitamin, something really bad can happen to the enamel: it can darken and oxidize or corrode. However, this has nothing to do with modern supplements in the form of powders or vitamins.

Myth 4: Vitamin C protects against corona virus

The statement is very vague. If you understand the functioning of the immune system, it becomes clear that the body adapts to viruses by producing antibodies to a specific threat that has already entered the body in the form of a virus or vaccine. Vitamin C, as a chemical, cannot “program” the body to make the necessary antibodies to a particular virus. However, its abundance stimulates the immune system, which means that the risk of contracting some kind of infection in general (but not just coronavirus) is somewhat lower. Overall, a 2013 study showed that taking vitamin C can help reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms. But there is no research showing that vitamin C is likely to protect against coronavirus or bubonic plague.

Myth 5: The more the better

Another common myth about vitamin C is that the more you take it, the better.

If you fully understand the problem, and do not take a word for strange phrases from the Internet, you can tell that vitamins have a daily dose. It is determined by age and body weight. So, for example, for children under 6 years old, the dose rate is no more than 50 milligrams per day, for adolescents – 75 milligrams, and for adults – up to 100-120 milligrams.

Taking vitamin C in excess amounts exceeding the daily rate by more than 150 times can lead to disruption of the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract and, as a consequence, to gastrointestinal upset.

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