Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin meaning that the body does not store it. You must obtain what you need from foods such as tomatoes, broccoli and citrus fruits. It is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in the body. It also helps the body in making collagen. Collagen is a type of protein used to make skin tendons, cartilage, blood vessels and ligaments.
Vitamin C is an oxidant meaning that is responsible for blocking the free radicals that damage DNA. The buildup of free radicals contributes to the development of certain health complications such as arthritis, heart disease and cancer. It is also required for maintaining and repairing teeth and bones, healing wounds and it also helps the body to absorb iron from non heme sources.
It is rare to have a deficiency in vitamin C, though research suggest that Aspirin can deplete vitamin C in the body. Though it has been around for many years and it is useful in treating pain, inflammation and fever, research indicate that aspirin’s side effects kills thousands of people every year in the US. Taking a dose of aspirin daily triples your risk of dreadful gastrointestinal bleeding even when taken in low doses.
There are many reasons for taking aspirin, it relieves fever and pain. It reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes as well as several types of cancer. If you have ever suffered from a minor heart attack or stroke, the benefits of aspirin certainly outweigh its side effects. This is known as secondary prevention.
According to a research done in Germany, aspirin inhibits the absorption of vitamin C and its daily use depletes the gastrointestinal lining of vitamin C. However, taking equal doses of aspirin and vitamin C decreases the stomach damage compared to when aspirin is taken alone.