health benefits of vitamin C are abundant and varied, but it's probably
best known as a cell protector, immunity booster, and powerful antioxidant.
The body's ligaments, tendons, and collagen (a protein found in connective
tissues) rely on the presence of vitamin C to stay strong and healthy.
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.
C may help to:
the severity and duration of colds and flu.
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.
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.