Vitamin C - Support a Healthy You
Vitamin C benefits everyone, regardless if you have arthritis or not. It is well known as a powerful antioxidant that can boost your immune system but it also can play a vital role in joint health that can benefit those with arthritis. Research suggests that Vitamin C may reduce inflammation of the joints, protect against cartilage damage caused by arthritis and may also reduce the pain caused by arthritis. Research also suggests that both rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused when healthy cells are attacked mistakenly) and osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by wear and tear) have shown significant benefits from proper consumption of Vitamin C.
Gout is a form of arthritis that affects many people. Anyone who has ever had a gout attack knows how painful it can be and Vitamin C can benefit those that suffer from gout attacks. Studies suggest that regular consumption of vitamin C reduces uric acid in the blood, the waste product in your blood that causes gout attacks. Regular intake of vitamin C can help maintain low uric acid levels and prevent gout attacks.
In addition to arthritis, vitamin C has many other great health benefits too. The powerful antioxidants in Vitamin C may also reduce your risk of chronic disease such as heart disease and it has been found to help lower blood pressure for those with high blood pressure. Vitamin C can boost your immune system to help fight off a number of illnesses. While more research still needs to be done there is information suggesting that Vitamin C may also help prevent the common cold and may help reduce the risk of several cancers.
Vitamin C is found in many foods and adding these founds is a great way to boost your Vitamin C intake. Some of the foods with the highest levels of Vitamin C include:
- Raw Red Peppers
- Oranges and Orange Juice
- Raw Green Peppers
In addition to these foods adding a Vitamin C supplement is an excellent and simple way to ensure you receive enough Vitamin C in your diet.
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