To put into perspective what a key nutrient vitamin C is, in New York, one of the epicenters of the coronavirus in the United States, in some hospitals “seriously sick” coronavirus patients are being given “massive doses of vitamin C,” according to one report. A doctor mentioned in the report says that COVID-19 patients in intensive care get 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C.This dose is 16 times higher than the National Institute of Health’s daily recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C. “The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” said the doctor.
I don’t like to play favorites with my nutrients. They are all equally important to our health and wellness. We need macronutrients (which are necessary in larger quantities) and micronutrients (in smaller quantities).
I don’t play favorites with my nutrients (all vitamins and minerals are equally important to our health and wellbeing in their own unique ways), but vitamin C really stands out to me for a number of reasons.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), one of every seven persons in the United States will develop a nosebleed some time in their lifetime.
For the longest time, I used to associate vitamin C deficiency with scurvy. Maybe this was from watching too many pirate movies when I was younger or my interest in maritime history that came from growing up on an island. But for whatever reason, whenever I heard about not getting enough vitamin C in my diet, I immediately conjured up visions of toothless pirates in the 18th Century.
As a young adult, I knew vitamin C was good for my health. I associated it with citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons or products like Emergen-C. And I recall learning somewhere in my educational process that people who didn’t get enough vitamin C in their diets may get scurvy. For example, some sailors on long voyages in the 17th and 18th centuries died from scurvy when they ran out of fresh food supplies. But I never met anyone who had scurvy.
So you’re “going under the knife” as they call it. Even if it’s a minor surgery, when you have to undergo an operation it can be very unnerving. Perhaps what’s even more unnerving than the operation itself, is the pain we may experience post-surgery and the healing time required when we wake up from the operation.
Vitamin C is one of those popular nutrients that I have heard about for most of my life. I have read or been told that I need to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies to ensure that I get enough of this popular vitamin. And when I don’t have time to eat enough fresh produce, there are many tasty vitamin C supplements that will fill the void.
“Take some vitamin C.” You’ve probably heard it since you can remember, since your very first cold. As a kid, you probably downed glasses of orange juice at the first sign of the sniffles under your mother’s watchful eye. Later, you graduated to those popular powdered vitamin C drinks, hoping a sudden assault of extra vitamin C would make viruses retreat. But does it work?
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