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Unformatted text preview: A Brief Intermission A Brief Intermission Brought to you By: Samantha Mercadonte And Ethan Martinez A Deficiency of Vitamin C • can cause Scurvy, which is a fatal disease. • The visual symptoms of Scurvy include bleeding and brusing easliy, hair and tooth loss, joint pain, and swelling. • Other effects of Scurvy are weakening of blood vessels, connective tissue, and bone. • it can be prevented by as little as 10 mg of vitamin C a daily More Deficiency Symptoms More Deficiency Symptoms • Other vitamin deficiency symptoms include general weakness, fluid retention, depression and anemia. • Vitamin C deficiency can also cause slower wound­healing, increased susceptibility to infections, male infertility and increased genetic damage to sperm cells, which may lead to birth defects. • Also it can prevent other diseases like Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Cataracts, and Lead Toxicity Toxicity and Overdosing • While vitamin C is generally non­toxic, however, in high doses (more than 2,000 mg daily) it can cause gastrointestinal side effects such as stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea and may increase the risk of developing kidney stones. • Intake of large amounts of vitamin C can deplete the body of copper, an essential nutrient. Water Soluble • Vitamin C is a water­soluble vitamin that is an essential part of life. • It must be regularly replenished and is commonly found in fresh fruits, especially in the citrus family • Large doses will break down alcohol more rapidly in the body. • Neutralizes potentially cancer­causing nitrites (preservatives found in hot dogs and lunch meats) and nitrates (found naturally in vegetables and drinking water). • A powerful antioxidant. Reduces risk of heart disease, cancer, cataracts, arthritis. • Builds up the body's immune system to make it stronger against colds and viruses. • Reduces the histamine levels in the body, which trigger allergy and asthma attacks. • People taking at least 200 mg daily have a 30% reduced risk of bronchitis. Interesting Facts About Vitamin Interesting Facts About Vitamin C Interesting Facts About Vitamin C Interesting Facts About Vitamin C (con’t) • May aid diabetics by helping to regulate insulin release. • Vitamin C has been shown to prevent the sugar inside cells from converting to sorbitol (sugar alcohol). • Sorbitol accumulates in cells and is connected to diabetes­related eye, nerve and kidney damage. • Some doctors recommend limiting the use of chewable vitamin C tablets because they can cause enamel loss from the surface of the teeth. • Supplements are extremely beneficial for pregnant and nursing mothers. Work Cited • Higdon, Jane. Vitamin C. Linus Pauling Institute. 2006. <http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamin s/vitaminC/>. • “Vitamin C(Ascorbic Acid)”. Vitamins & Health Supplements Guide. 2006. <http://www.vitamins­ supplements.org/vitamin­C.php>. • “Vitamin C Plus Formula”. CyberVitamins Health Store. 2009. <http://www.cybervitamins.com/vitac.htm>. ...
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