Just about everyone knows that Vitamin C is a great tool in combating illness and boosting overall health. Vitamin C is naturally available in many foods such as citrus fruits, red and green peppers, guava, kiwi, strawberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, papaya, pineapple, mango, cauliflower, and more. While eating a diet rich in foods packed with Vitamin C is a great way to boost your immune system, it may not necessarily be enough when it comes to packing an effective punch against illness. The easiest way for most people to supplement their diet with additional Vitamin C is with nutritional supplements. And, while this is a great option, your body only actually gets a small percentage of Vitamin C from the supplement after digestion. For this reason, it is not necessarily the best way to supplement when a strong influx of Vitamin C is needed. One of the best ways to get the highest concentration of bio-available Vitamin C into your body is intravenous Vitamin C.
There are many reasons someone might need additional Vitamin C. Whether they are trying to prevent or combat the common cold, or they are deficient for other health reasons, Vitamin C is a useful tool in a holistic approach to wellness, as Dr. Weil describes, “Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, aid in the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. Research indicates that vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer). Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold, help delay or prevent cataracts, and support healthy immune function.”
In naturopathy, we look at wellness from a holistic perspective. We aim to treat not just acute issues but to achieve overall wellness based on an individual’s unique health. Comprehensive bloodwork and an in-depth diagnostic exam are important components in achieving holistic wellness, including whether or not you are in need of additional Vitamin C. Some health conditions that may lead to Vitamin C deficiency or symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency include: people with kidney disease, undergoing dialysis, heavy drinkers, heavy smokers, people with dry skin, fatigue, joint pain, swollen/bleeding gums, hair loss, delayed wound healing, iron-deficient anemia, and more. If you think you may be deficient in Vitamin C or may benefit from additional Vitamin C, consult your physician to discuss what is best for your unique health so that you can begin experiencing holistic wellness and the protective benefits of Vitamin C.