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What is Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid?

What is Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid

What is Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid?

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient that is found in some foods we eat. In the human body, vitamin C, or ascorbic acid acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect our cells from the damage caused by free radicals.

Benefits

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a vitamin that the human body needs to build blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is also important to your body’s healing process.

The Common Cold

For years vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, has been a popular therapy for the common cold. While some research indicates that for most people, vitamin C supplementation does not decrease the risk of getting the common cold there is data that suggests that individuals who do take vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, supplements regularly might experience shorter colds or somewhat milder symptoms when they do have a cold.

Cancer

For the past 40+ years some researchers and medical professionals have been suggesting that using high doses of intravenous vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, along with various cancer drugs could improve the overall medical management of cancer. Intravenous vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, can result in extremely high levels of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, in the human body. Researchers and medical professionals believe that these high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, levels can be toxic to cancer cells without harming the healthy cells of the body. There is some indication that vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, might be able to decrease some of the undesired side effects of cancer drugs.

Treatment of Viral Infections

Numerous studies have looked and the potential benefits of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, in the management of patients with viral infections. One study outlined a therapeutic combination of hydrocortisone, ascorbic acid, and thiamine, also known as “HAT Therapy” has also been found to work well in the medical management of patients with sepsis and septic shock. Numerous studies have noted that vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, in high dosages produces viricidal activity. This viricidal activity was explained through the formation of hydrogen peroxide and other radical initiators. Numerous studies have also recognized that vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant and it can exert pro-oxidant effects at high concentrations. The hypothesis is that vitamin C, or ascorbic acid may be useful in the management of viral infections through its powerful antioxidant properties as it scavenges oxygen free radicals and restores other cellular antioxidants. It is also noted that pulmonary inflammation and injury are considerably reduced by the administration of antioxidants.

Like influenza, coronaviruses are potential pandemic viruses that have the ability to injure the lung drastically. Even before the global pandemic of Covid-19 it was determined that there is an urgent need for further innovative research to be done on the application of IV vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, that looks at targeting the medical management of infectious diseases. New studies have shown that vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, has had a beneficial effect on the medical management of these viral infections. A National Institute of Health article published in April of 2020 found that a large dose of IV vitamin C, or ascorbic acid could be an effective treatment choice for Covid19 pneumonia. Researchers believe that onset of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is the main mechanism for Covid19′s action. This is followed by increased oxidative stress because of the release of free radicals and cytokines. This acute viral infection generates a “storm” of cytokines that reacts with the endothelial cells of the lung. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid is a key compound of the antioxidant system in our cells and tissues. It is now known that both viral and bacterial infections can result in the production of excess cytokines. It is now believed that IV vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, has been effective in inhibiting the production of cytokines storm due to Covid-19. Given this information, antioxidants, such as vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, should be given to control pandemics, such as Covid19, because of the lack of pathogen-specific vaccines and drugs. This is further strengthened by the fact that a large dose of IV vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, has shown successful clinical results in the medical management of viral ARDS and influenza.

References

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/about-epidemiology/identifying-source-outbreak.html#:~:text=An%20outbreak%20is%20called%20an,classified%20as%20a%20pandemic.

https://www.healthline.com/health/vitamin-c-injection#benefits

https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-vitamin-c/art-20363932

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7172861/

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