Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in human health.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for humans, as we are unable to make it on our own vitamin C unlike some animals. This means it is very important to be getting it through our diets.
Vitamin C is involved in the creation of collagen, for your skin, fuel for your cells, and neurotransmitters. It is also strong anti-oxidant, meaning it neutralizes toxic substances in your body, preventing them from causing chaos.
Benefits of Vitamin C
The recommended daily intake of Vitamin C is about 75 to 90mg. Vitamin C helps with energy, skin quality, mood, iron absorption, antioxidation, immune support, and general health.
Remember when your mom told you to eat your fruits? There was a reason behind that.
Some new research shows connections between vitamin C status, moreso on the intake of fruits and vegetables, are associated with lower risk of cancer by decreasing formation of carcinogens in your body.
Vitamin C levels are identified as good ways to measure a healthy lifestyle, associated with heart health and decreased risk of strokes.
Let’s not forget the good old-fashioned common cold. Many people take vitamin C at high doses to prevent colds, or shorten the duration and decrease the intensity of colds. Vitamin C has this anti-histaminic effect at high doses, which is likely to help with colds, and also with allergies.
Vitamin C Deficiency
Vitamin C deficiency is famous for causing scurvy back in the days where men would be on ships for long periods of time, or during times of war and famine. Surprisingly enough, scurvy has been seen in some university student populations.
The most common cause of vitamin C deficiency is due to poor diet, alcoholism, anorexia or smoking. Because vitamin C is widely obtained from fruits and vegetables, it takes several months of poor nutrient intake for severe deficiency to develop.
Vitamin C deficiency can present with symptoms such as: fatigue, malaise and inflammation of gums.
Because vitamin C is an important component of collagen production, deficiency can result in skin conditions like keratosis pilaris, where rough, bumpy skin appears on the back of the upper arms and thighs.
Skin may also appear dry, damaged and bruise easily.
Vitamin C deficiency may also lead to slowly healing wounds, joint pain and it may contribute to iron deficient anemia by reducing the absorption of iron from plant-based foods and negatively affect iron
Food sources of Vitamin C includes:
- Citrus fruits, including lemons, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi)
- Bell peppers (specifically red and green)
- Brussels sprouts
* It’s important to remember that Vitamin C content may be decreased with heat and prolonged storage.
Vitamin C’s Role In HPV
Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is a great anti-oxidant, and plays an important role in immune function and other body functions. It has also shown amazing antiviral and antibacterial effects in cell studies.
By combining its antioxidant properties, and the fact that it supports general health, Vitamin C is also important in supporting HPV-related conditions.
Vitamin C may be useful in preventing and treating a wide range of conditions. Many studies are showing that this Vitamin may even be helpful in treating and preventing cervical dysplasia due to HPV infection.
Persistent HPV and Vitamin C
A study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that the risk of type-specific persistent HPV infection was lower among women reporting the highest intake of Vitamin C in the study, compared to those reporting the lowest intake.
CIN and Vitamin C
Another study in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer looked at whether dietary supplements, such as vitamin C and multivitamins, were associated with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), and found that dietary supplements may actually reduce the risk of CINs in women with high-risk HPV infections.
Good sources of vitamin C, in addition to Papillex, include citrus fruit, cantaloupe, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and potatoes. Yet another amazing reason to increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, and to try taking Papillex to help relieve your HPV symptoms!
Remember that significant amounts of vitamin C in food are lost during high-temperature cooking, and during prolonged warming (i.e. keeping meals warm at 75°C for 4 hours). So lower your cooking temperatures and times if possible, or opt for raw versions of foods when applicable.
Vitamin C for Genital Warts
The immune boosting properties of Vitamin C, along with its propensity for wound healing and creating healthy skin tissue also makes it an important factor in treating other HPV complications like genital warts.
Studies have found oral intake of 1000 mg of Vitamin C per day shortens the time of genital wart remission and marginally decreased the rate of recurrence compared to controls.
Obtaining Your Daily Dose
Obtaining a healthy level of vitamin C can be as simple as adopting a healthy lifestyle, eating a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables.
For example, having a kiwi on your breakfast, a serving of broccoli at lunch, and fresh tomato sauce at dinner can naturally replenish your body’s natural stores.
Supplementing with Papillex also offers a serving of 100 percent the daily value of Vitamin C.