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Monday, April 17, 2006

When Life Gives You Lemons...

First off all, my apologies to Mrs. D, a good friend of ours, whom I promised to look into the effect of vitamin C on arthritis. Sorry, it took so long Mrs. D, but I finally got around to it:-)
Here are the findings:

"Function
Vitamin C is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is necessary to form collagen, an important protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is essential for the healing of wounds, and for the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Vitamin E and beta-carotene are two other well-known antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals, which are by-products that result when our bodies transform food into energy. The build up of these by-products over time is largely responsible for the aging process and can contribute to the development of various health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and a host of inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Antioxidants also help reduce the damage to the body caused by toxic chemicals and pollutants such as cigarette smoke. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to dry and splitting hair; gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and bleeding gums; rough, dry, scaly skin; decreased wound-healing rate, easy bruising; nosebleeds; weakened enamel of the teeth; swollen and painful joints; anemia; decreased ability to ward off infection; and, possibly, weight gain because of slowed metabolic rate and energy expenditure. A severe form of vitamin C deficiency is known as scurvy, which mainly affects older, malnourished adults. The body does not manufacture vitamin C on its own, nor does it store it. It is therefore important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in your daily diet.

Food Sources
All fruits and vegetables contain some amount of vitamin C. Foods that tend to be the highest sources of vitamin C include green peppers, citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, turnip greens and other leafy greens, sweet and white potatoes, and cantaloupe.
Other excellent sources include papaya, mango, watermelon, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, winter squash, red peppers, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and pineapples.


Side Effects
Vitamin C is water soluble and is regularly excreted by the body. Therefore, toxicity is very rare. Amounts greater than 2,000 mg/day, however, are not recommended because such high doses can lead to stomach upset and diarrhea.

Recommendations
The best way to get the daily requirement of essential vitamins, including vitamin C, is to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods from the food guide pyramid.
Vitamin C should be consumed every day because it is not fat-soluble and, therefore, cannot be stored for later use. The recommended daily intakes of dietary vitamin C are listed below.


Pediatric
Neonates 1 to 6 months: 30 mg
Infants 6 to 12 months: 35 mg
Children 1 to 3 years: 40 mg
Children 4 to 6 years: 45 mg
Children 7 to 10 years: 45 mg
Children 11 to 14 years: 50 mg
Adolescent girls 15 to18 years: 65 mg
Adolescent boys 15 to18 years: 75 mg


Adult
Men over 18 years: 90 mg
Women over 18 years: 75 mg
Breastfeeding women: first 6 months: 95 mg
Breastfeeding women: second 6 months: 90 mg
Because smoking depletes vitamin C, people who smoke generally need an additional 35 mg/day."

~Medical Encyclopedia.

"Studies show that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased loss of folic acid, zinc and vitamin C in their urine, and reduced levels of these vitamins and minerals in their blood. For that reason, I recommend that RA patients take a high-potency multivitamin that includes at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid and 15 milligrams (mg) to 20 mg of zinc. Both RA and osteoarthritis patients are advised to take at least 500 mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin that may have beneficial effects on the joints."
~Arthritis Foundation.

There have been some more studies on the effect of vitamin C and arthritis, which you can read up on here and here.


So, it turns out that the sour grapes and lemons are given for a better life. Even though we often don't like their taste:-)

Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

8 Comments:

Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

I love lemons! Yum...

You are a blessing to those who suffer along with you...what a great help.

Hope you had a blessed Easter celebration.

April 17, 2006 9:07 PM  
Blogger Pia said...

i love fruits and veggies plus i take vitamin C supplement daily. but i can't with vitamin e. i get rashes all over my body if i did. but topical application is okay. =)

April 17, 2006 9:43 PM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Yeah!
I love fruits and veggies very much.
Bring them on. HaHaHa!

April 18, 2006 1:39 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Marianne,
Hey there girl, good to see you back:-) I hope y'all are settled in!

Thanks for that sweet comment, it's an encouragement:-)

I like to use lemon-juice in my tea and for cooking, but to eat them raw would prolly make a nice video to send to America's Funniest Home-video's, hahaha.

Pia,
Sorry to hear you are allergic to E, but at least you know it. You prolly get enough E with the fruits and veggies, so you may not need to supplement. I think there are more vitamins in face-cremes these days then in the food, haha.

Audrey,
A fruit and veggie-party, Yeaahhhh! haha.
I like fruit although I hardly eat any and fresh veggies...yummie.
Dutch lesson, hehe: fruit (fruit) only pronounced completely different, groente (vegetable):-)

God's Grace.

April 18, 2006 7:59 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Goede Morgen lieve zus!!!
God's liefde weerspiegelt in jou :)

April 19, 2006 1:13 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
You're so sweet:-)
If anyone reflects God's love, it's you!

God's Grace.

April 19, 2006 7:13 AM  
Blogger Lenise said...

I didn't know that! The folic acid part is kind of scary! God was gracious to give me my two healthy babies!! I'll have to be more careful in the future!

April 19, 2006 7:58 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Lenise,
I don't know if you are on Methotrexate but in that case it's definitely essential to supplement with folic acid. Next time you visit your rheumy, ask anyway if it would be beneficial to take it. BTW...did you find a new rheumatologist yet?

And you not only have two healthy babies, but cute ones as well!:-)

God's Grace.

April 20, 2006 4:04 AM  

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