Updated: Oct 11
Smoking and vitamin C depletion
Free radicals are a leading cause of cellular damage that can eventually lead to cancer, as well as other diseases, and smoking increases the speed of free radical production drastically.
Vitamins are our only defense against free radicals. They aid in neutralizing free radicals, thus preventing or minimizing damage.
Smoking causes the body to need almost 50% more vitamin C, a leading antioxidant and free radical killer, than non-smokers.
The Benefit of vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that our body can’t produce. Nevertheless, it performs many vital functions in your body and has been linked to impressive health benefits.
Here are scientifically proven benefits of taking a vitamin C supplement.
It is a potent antioxidant that may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
It may help battle high blood pressure.
It fights heart disease risk factors, potentially lowering heart disease risk.
It could reduce blood uric acid levels and help prevent gout attacks.
It improves iron absorption, thus preventing iron deficiency.
It helps white blood cells function better, thereby increasing your natural resistance to disease.
It protects your memory and thinking as you age.
In a 2017 study, it was shown that a diet high in vitamin C was responsible for a 26 percent reduction in the risk of lung cancer among female smokers.
Vitamin C supplement IV or oral
Unfortunately, due to the inefficiency of digestion. Especially as we age, only about 18% of the vitamin C we consume is absorbed by our bodies. However, when it’s delivered by IV, vitamin C is 100% bio-available, thus able to support your body.
by Dr. Chontirot Srikasedsarakul
Dr. Chontirot Srikasedsarakul is a specialist in Genomics, Dermatology and Aesthetics. She has received qualifications from numerous educational institutions like Stanford University, U.S.A.; the University of Queensland, Australia; Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine.