vitamin C and your stomach

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  1. Helen

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    Thought this news release would be helpful to some here:

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    Vitamin C May Protect Against Ulcer-causing Bacteria, Study Finds
    A study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has found that the lower the level of vitamin C in the blood the more likely a person will become infected by Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that can cause peptic ulcers and stomach cancer. See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/08/030801081718.htm
     
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    Well, since I eat about a dozen oranges a week, I guess I'm in good shape [​IMG]
     
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    Thank you Helen for posting that information.

    It has also been determined that children with higher levels of vitamin C have a higher growth differential.

    The thing you have to be careful of however is high acidity levels in the Vitamin C you take. I believe there is a suppliment that is buffered. But I couldn't, without doing some research offer what kind it is. As my mother used to say "The best way to take a suppliment is organically in your diet" But vitamin C is in many foods out there, not just the citrus fruits that we are all aware of.

    John, if I ate a dozen oranges a week, my mouth would break out in lesions. In fact I would probably have a very bad reaction altogether.
     
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    Laurenda, there was a study in the 1980's showing the effects of Vit. C on young children. They took identical twins and gave one Vit. C and one a fruit flavored pill to see which got less colds. The twin receiving the Vit. C grew much taller than the other twin! When the other twin was given Vit. C, they grew taller but never caught up with the twin that had started Vit. C years earlier!
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    Here is some information from the National Institutes of Health about vitamin C. It does not support some of the most optimistic claims about the vitamin:

    Vitamin C should be consumed every day, since it is not a fat-soluble vitamin and cannot be stored for later use.

    Specific recommendations for each vitamin depend on age, gender, and other factors (such as pregnancy). The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a PDF file that lists these recommendations.

    There has been much debate regarding the use of vitamin C in cancer and heart disease prevention. Although the evidence is mixed regarding a definitive benefit of vitamin C in this regard, it is still encouraged that individuals maintain adequate intake. On the other hand, the majority of current evidence does not support vitamin C's role in the prevention or treatment of the common cold.

    Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means that it quenches free radicals that can damage organs, tissues, and cells. Free radicals are believed to be one of the causes of the degenerative changes seen with aging, but it is not yet known whether consumption of additional antioxidants like vitamin C can help.
     
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    Drinking plenty of Orange juice is always going to be good, yet I like the blended varieties like Orange and Apricot Juice. Yum :D
     
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    Red bell peppers also have a nice amount of vitamin C.
     

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