Not really into drinking your
daily dose of OJ (orange juice) in the morning or eating veggies for that
matter? Well, try. Recent studies show that Vitamin C, one of the major, and
healthful components of orange juice
and some veggies is good for—drum rolls please—arthritis and rheumatism.
Yup, vitamin C can protect you
against arthritis and rheumatism, although it seems to work best in combination
with B-complex vitamins.
How does it work? Since
rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis make capillaries leak blood cells into
joints, the immune system responds as if these blood cells were invading
bacteria, triggering a painful inflammatory response. Moreover, vitamin C is
also essential for the manufacture of collagen, a protein needed to form the
soft tissue in bones and joints.
A study in the French medical
journal Revue Du Rhumatisme by Jean Leone M.D. and the Robert Debré Teaching
Hospital in Reims, describes how two patients with rheumatism were actually
suffering from scurvy (rheumatism was a symptom of scurvy). Scurvy is a severe
vitamin C deficiency disease characterized by the bleeding of gums and other
abnormal bleeding (the bleeding is caused by weak capillary walls). Leone’s
patients recovered after he gave them 1,000mg of Vitamin C daily for 10 days.
Several studies also seem to
show how good vitamin C vis-avis the reduction of cataracts (clouding of the
eye); minimizing allergies; and reducing the risk of gallbladder disease.
Fortunately, vitamin C is
readily available in tablet form in health food stores nationwide. So stock up
on vitamin C and feel its benefit.