Vitamin C, Why We Can’t Live Without It
During the Ice Ages, malnutrition and lack of vitamins was a constant threat. The ancient bones show vitamin intake was close to zero. A lack of vitamin C was the greatest problem. The inevitable result for many was scurvy, the vitamin C deficiency disease. Thus, for a number of generations, this disease was the largest single threat to the survival of the human race.– Matthias Rath, MD, Eradicating Heart Disease
Without vitamin C, it’s estimated that any human would die within a year. How is that possible? Vitamin C is a vitamin. The word vita is Latin for life. All vitamins are essential to life. In the classic desert island scenario, vitamin C is the one to take. The health benefits of vitamin C are many.
A remarkable number of physical functions are affected by vitamin C. Among these are immune function, stress response, antioxidant and anti-toxin functions, the nervous system, blood coagulation, and cardiovascular health. Vitamin C is necessary for the formation of bones, teeth, and cartilage. It is also important in the healing of wounds, bruises, fractures, and capillary damage. And, it is needed for healthy skin.
It has been said that vitamin C has 1,000 functions we already know and possibly another 20,000 that we haven’t discovered yet. The late Nobel Laureate and vitamin C proponent Linus Pauling, PhD, called the vitamin a “panacea” – a cure-all substance.