Vitamin C is important in maintaining overall good health, especially because of its antioxidantantioxidanta chemical substance that prevents cellular damage from free radicals property. Vitamin C helps the body metabolize fats and proteins. It is important in production of collagen (protein found in skin) and other connective tissues. It helps develop and maintain healthy gums, teeth, bones, and cartilage. It can also help with wound healing.
At doses at or above the RDA, vitamin C supplements have also been used to treat and prevent vitamin C deficiency and associated diseases, including scurvyscurvya condition caused by vitamin C deficiency with symptoms of nausea, weakness, loss of hair and teeth, and bleeding gums (a condition caused by low levels of vitamin C, with symptoms of nausea, weakness, hair and tooth loss, and bleeding gums).
There have also been studies of vitamin C in common colds and cancer prevention.
There is a lot of controversy around using vitamin C to treat the common cold. Many studies have shown that high amounts can shorten the duration of cold symptoms by up to 1.5 days and reduce symptom severity for some people if it is taken on a continuous basis. However, taking large amounts of vitamin C can cause side effects, and it is generally not recommended for everyone. There is no benefit to using vitamin C to prevent a cold, and it doesn't appear to reduce the severity or duration of a cold once the symptoms have started.
Vitamin C may possibly reduce the risk of developing cancer, but research is still ongoing. One study did not find a lower risk of cancer among people who received a combination of vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A). More research needs to be done to determine the role of vitamin C in preventing cancer.
Vitamin C has also been studied for heart diseases, urinary tract infection, arthritis, fertility, gallbladder disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. However, there is not enough reliable evidence for these uses and additional studies are required to confirm the benefits of vitamin C in these conditions.
Your health care provider may have recommended this product for other conditions. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.