One of the most commonly known vitamins is vitamin C. We all know we need this vitamin. That is why we’ve always been told by our parents to eat our veggies and gobble up fruits for snacks as well as drink fruit juice instead of soda. Why do we really need vitamin C?
The most advertised health benefit of vitamin C is that it helps boost our immune system. Now who wouldn’t want that? Here’s more good news for smokers, though. Studies have shown that taking vitamin C supplements may help improve blood circulation in smokers who may have problems in that area. The smokers involved in the study were otherwise healthy. Of course, that doesn’t mean that vitamin C can take away all the negative effects of smoking.
As you can probably surmise from my rambling up there, I am still in the throes of trying to quit this nasty habit. In the meantime, it wouldn’t hurt to try some vitamin C. However – lest you buy up all the bottles of this vitamin supplement at the drugstore – overdosing on vitamin C is definitely not going to do you any good. A note of caution is needed especially for those who have stomach problems. Doctors recommend a daily dose of 200 mg. You can take up to 500 mg if you have fever or stress. Anything in excess of that will be excreted by the body. In short, it would be a waste of your money to take more than 500 mg of vitamin C everyday.
Originally posted on June 18, 2010 @ 12:07 pm