health benefits of vitamin C are abundant and varied, but it's probably
best known as a cell protector, immunity booster, and powerful antioxidant.
Like all antioxidants, vitamin C counters the effects of cell-damaging
molecules called free radicals. As an added benefit, it even helps the
body recycle other antioxidants. For certain conditions, vitamin C is
best taken with other antioxidants, such as vitamin E, flavonoids, and
C may help to:
Taking vitamin C at the first sign of a cold or the flu may keep the illness
from fully developing, and will help to recover faster.
Fight chronic fatigue syndrome. Vitamin C taken with mixed carotenoids
helps strengthen a weakened immune system, believed by many to be a factor
in this disabling disorder.
Combat the effects of aging and extend life. Used in combination with
other antioxidants, such as vitamin E and flavonoids, vitamin C may combat
the deteriorative effects of aging (such as wrinkles) caused by free-radical
damage. It may also help you live longer. In one study, men who took more
than 300 mg of vitamin C a day (from food and supplements) lived longer
than men who consumed less than 50 mg a day.