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3 Health Benefits of Vitamin C

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Thursday, July 07, 2022
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3 Health Benefits of Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential in many bodily functions of our body, including vision, immune system and skin. Your body achieves this by metabolizing vitamin A into many forms (retinol, retinal, retinoic acid) for different functions.  

It is recommended that men get 900 mcg and women 700 mcg of vitamin A per day. Which can be taken in supplement form or through a healthy balanced diet. But what about the benefits of taking it? 

Here are 3 health benefits of Vitamin C

1. Vitamin A protects your eyes! 

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Your eye collects light and sends that information to your brain for processing. 2 eye structures play an important role in processing light: rods and cones. Cones play an important for collecting colour information while rods are sensitive to low light conditions. Vitamin A is crucial for rod function in low light conditions.  

Individuals with vitamin A deficiency have a higher chance of developing poor vision at night or night blindness. For individuals suffering from poor night vision, a few weeks of adequate vitamin A levels can alleviate some of the symptoms.  

2. Vitamin A for a healthier immune system  

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Vitamin A is a key vitamin when producing/activating your white blood cells (the cells of your immune system). Your infection has many ways of controlling infections, this includes, engulfing foreign pathogens or destroying infected cells.  

Research shows in vitamin A deficient individuals are more prone to infections and getting sick. Also, slower to recover from illnesses.  

So be sure to consume adequate amounts! 

3. Vitamin A for acne 

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Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness and occasionally swelling.  Acne has many causing factors including clogged skin pores, bacterial infections, clogged pores, etc.  

Research shows Vitamin A deficient Individuals are more prone to developing acne. The exact mechanism of treating acne is currently unknown but... 

Did you know some acne prescription medications are derived from Vitamin A?  

Vitamin A when used topically induces an anti-inflammatory effect on acne. Thus, effectively treating it. Stronger oral forms are available but require consultation with a doctor. Speak to a doctor or BIG Pharmacist to learn more.  

 

 

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