Category: Health Benefits

WHY IS VITAMIN C NECESSARY FOR HUMANS?

ABSTRACT

Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients for the human body as it plays a vital role in formation and maintenance of the skin, bones and blood vessels. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which prevents the body from damage of the free radicals. This amazing nutrient is found naturally in certain fruits and vegetables however nowadays various supplements for vitamin c are also available in the market. In this article we have discussed the major roles of vitamin c, results of its deficiency and its management through natural sources and few herbal supplements offered by Planet Ayurveda.

INTRODUCTION

There are some essential nutrients and some non essential. Vitamin C falls in the category of the essential nutrients which means the human body cannot produce it and you need to take it from food sources. Fruits like strawberries, oranges, kiwi and vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, spinach and kale contain this vitamin in abundance. Medically recommended amount of vitamin C for a male is 90 mg and for a female is 75 mg. 

Let’s learn about the reasons which make vitamin C a vital nutrient that we need to take.

  • Vitamin C is a natural and potent antioxidant which strengthens the immune system of the body. Being antioxidant it safeguards the body against damage caused by free radicals. Sticking up of free radicals at certain points in the body causes oxidative stress in the body which is the cause of many chronic diseases. Hence eventually vitamin C prevents or reduces the risk of several chronic diseases. 
  • Certain studies have concluded that vitamin c helps in relaxing the blood vessels and normalizes the blood pressure. It helps to manage the high blood pressure which is the cause for various cardiovascular diseases. 
  • Vitamin C helps in maintaining the cardiovascular health as it possesses various cardioprotective properties like antioxidant, helps in relaxing and widening the blood vessels, reduction in formation and deposition of plaque in case of atherosclerosis and also improves the production of nitric oxide. All these factors help in preventing high blood pressure and heart diseases.
  • Vitamin C helps in the treatment or prevention of iron deficiency anemia. This amazing vitamin enhances the absorption of the iron in the body. Vitamin c also plays a role to convert the poor absorbing plant-based source of iron into that which can be absorbed easily. 
  • Vitamin C plays a very important role in boosting the immunity as it works amazingly to control various actions in the immune system. It enhances the white blood cells production and further protects these cells from the damage caused by free radicals and other harmful molecules.
  • It helps in production of collagen in the body and is also present in muscles, skin and other body tissues. Low vitamin c results in delayed or slow healing of wounds due to decreased production of collagen. 
  • Risk of eye diseases like cataract and age related macular degeneration can be lowered or prevented by taking a good amount of vitamin C in your diet or if there is deficiency one should opt for organic supplements.

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 signs and symptoms

There are certain signs and symptoms which appear if you are deficient of vitamin C or Scurvy (condition resulting from vitamin C deficiency).

Some of the major ones are

  • Low level of vitamin c results in bumpy and rough skin as there occurs building up of keratin protein within the pores also due to decreased production of collagen which is a protein found in skin, joints, hair, blood vessels and bones.
  • Due to deficiency of vitamin C there can occur improper growth of hair into coiled or bent shapes. This usually occurs due to protein defects which create an abnormal structure of the hair resulting in corkscrew-shaped hair. It is also a characteristic sign of vitamin C deficiency.
  • One more characteristic of vitamin C deficiency is spoon shaped nails which break easily due to increased thinning and brittleness.
  • Due to poor production of collagen there occurs easy bruising as a result of weak blood vessels.
  • Wound healing is very slow in vitamin deficient people due to low collagen production. This is usually seen in the form of non healing chronic leg ulcers.
  • Joints are swollen and painful causing difficulty in walking or limping due to low collagen in connective tissues of the bones.
  • Bones are weak and there can occur slow growth and development of bones in children. Low vitamin C can result in increased bone loss rate.
  • Vitamin C is very important for healthy gums and teeth and its deficiency leads to swollen, red and bleeding gums. As gums require a good amount of vitamin c, hence its shortage makes them weak and inflamed along with the weak blood vessels leading to easy bleeding from gums.
  • As vitamin C plays a big role in immunity, hence low amounts of this vitamin result in decreased immunity and risk of various serious diseases is raised.
  • Iron deficiency anemia is caused as low vitamin c results in decreased absorption of iron in the body. This eventually leads to iron deficiency anemia, causing complaints like fatigue, paleness, difficulty in breathing while physical activity, dryness of hair and skin.

There are various natural sources of vitamin c through which you can gain a good amount of vitamin c. Foods which are rich in this vital nutrient are citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, Indian gooseberry, other sources like peppers, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, potatoes, guava, blackcurrants, thyme, parsley, mustard spinach, kale, kiwi, lychees, tomatoes, winter squash, cabbage, spinach, turnip green and papaya. 

In the case of severe forms of vitamin c deficiency, only food sources are not enough to combat the ailment and some supplement is also required. There are various vitamin c supplements present in the market but not all of them are right to be used and can result in various health ailments if the wrong one is taken. Hence you must choose the correct vitamin C supplement.

There is an amazing vitamin c supplement offered by Planet Ayurveda- a renowned herbal pharmaceutical company. All the products produced here are purely organic, herbal and vegetarian which ensures its safety and effectiveness. Several quality check procedures are carried out to check each and every ingredient’s authenticity. Planet Ayurveda offers “Amalaki rasayana” to combat Vitamin C deficiency.

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Amalaki rasayan

Amalaki rasayan is formulated from standardized extract of the amla (Emblica officinalis) which is the richest source of vitamin C in nature. These herbal capsules help in fulfilling the deficiency of vitamin naturally without causing any harm to the body even if taken for a long term as it does not contain any type of chemicals, additives, preservatives, dye, colors, fillers, binder or yeast.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030 Or Check Website – www.PlanetAyurveda.com

CONCLUSION

Vitamin C is a very important nutrient for the body as it is involved in various vital phenomena of the human body. Its deficiency can result in various complaints and serious complications. Hence keep your vitamin c levels in check. 

AYURVEDIC HERBS FOR LIVER DISORDERS

INTRODUCTION

Liver is the prime organ of detoxification and the main organ involved in regulating the chemical levels in the blood. The main job of the function is filtering the blood coming from the digestive tract and then passing the purified blood to other parts of the body. Due to regular intake of unwholesome articles like alcohol and use of other modern medications (such as steroids and antihypertensive drugs etc.) for a longer duration of time and other causes lead to the gradual alteration in the liver tissues which result in the loss of functions of liver and ultimately leading to liver disorders. In this article we’ll discuss the common clinical features and general causes/risk factors for the liver disorders along with the best herbs for preventing & treating the liver disorders.  

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS 

The clinical manifestation of the liver disorder depends upon the degree of damage to the liver or severity or chronicity of the disease. However, the common clinical picture of various liver disorders may appear as yellowish discoloration of eyes and skin (jaundice), abdominal pain and swelling specifically in right hypochondriac region and severe itching, chronic fatigue, abnormal appetite (mostly reduced or loss of appetite) with difficulty in digestion resulting in multiple and frequent episodes of nausea and vomiting, darkening of the color of urine and edema in legs and ankles. 

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CAUSES

There are numerous causes that lead to liver disease. The most common causes/ risk factors for developing liver disease include genetic predisposition, heavy alcohol intake, obesity, diabetes mellitus (type 2), viral infections, unprotected sex, blood transfusion, overuse or long term use of modern medicines having hepatotoxic side effects, etc. 

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Various liver disorders are categorized under the general term yakrit roga in Ayurveda. Yakrit rogas ranges from kamala (jaundice), halimak (green texture in stool; a complication of kamla), kumbh kamla (ascites due to jaundice/liver cause), yakrit vidradhi (hydatid cyst), yakrit vridhi (hepatomegaly), yakridalodar (cirrhosis of liver), yakritarbud (tumors of liver) and other such diseases. The main vitiated doshas involved are tridosha with the predominance of pitta. 

AYURVEDIC HERBS FOR LIVER DISORDERS

1. Bhumyamlaki

(Phyllanthus niruri) contains the phytochemical Phyllanthin in the leaves which have hepato-protective activity. It has been indicated in kamla (jaundice), yakrit-pleehavridhi (hepatomegaly-splenomegaly) and other blood disorders along with urinary tract related disorders and respiratory disorders. This herb is proven to have anti-inflammatory properties in various hepatitis conditions and has significant results in reducing the AST- ALT levels.  

                                                      (Reference- Bhavprakash Nighantu Haritkyadivarga 152)

2. Katuki

(Picrorhiza kurroaIt is rich in picrorhizin, along with other phytochemicals that include deepak appetizer, pachak digestive stimulant, and pitta virechak (aids in pacifying pitta). It functions mainly on the liver and intestines.  Also, its bhedni guna is very beneficial in breaking down the accumulation of endotoxins and then removing those through purgation. 

3. Kalmegh

(Echinacea- Andrographis paniculata) is another beneficial herb for liver problems such as fatty liver, alcoholic liver disease. This herb is used in liver disorders as it removes the accumulated toxins within the liver and contains phytochemicals such as alkaloids that promote the regeneration of the damaged liver cells.

4. Makoy

(Solanum nigrum) is a small weed-like herb with amazing healing properties. It also acts primarily on the liver by bringing down the raised level of alkaline phosphatase, due to underlying liver diseases such as alcoholic liver damage, fatty liver and all types of hepatitis and side by side fastening up the regeneration process of the liver cells.

5. Punarnava

(Boerhavia diffusa) is the best herbal diuretic herb. It aids in removing the excess fat and fluid from the body. Obesity as mentioned above is the main risk factor for developing liver disease and its diuretic action aids in getting relief from the ascetic or hepatomegaly conditions resulting from various liver disorders.

6. Kasni

(Cichorium intybus) has the unique ability to heal the liver cells even in the worst conditions of the liver. It is the blood purifier, thus helping in reducing the excess load on the liver, preventing the liver cells from further damage by free radicals and also providing time for the better and faster healing of the liver in various liver disorders.

7. Sharpunkha

(Tephrosia purpurea) is the most effective herb for enlarged liver and spleen. It helps in the regeneration of liver cells and also regenerates the capacity of the spleen to hold blood. Sarpunkha is a natural alkalizer that helps in reducing abdominal discomforts such as hyperacidity and flatulence due to liver problems. 

8. Bhringraj

(Eclipta alba) has been a well known herb for hair related problems since ages. But latest research shows that this herb has a wonderful role in normalizing the liver functions and helps in regeneration of new liver cells. It is beneficial in liver damage due to excessive toxins, fatty liver and other such conditions. 

9. Haritaki

(Terminilia chebula) is the best herb for detoxification of the body as it removes the toxic material by breaking up the blockages in the channels in the intestines, and other ducts, cleansing the body and reducing strain from the heart and other body organs. This will ultimately enhance the human body’s capability to recover from the ongoing disease and also make the action of herbal drugs more effective. It is used for therapeutic purgation, removes the toxins directly from the intestine reducing stress on the liver and promoting the faster recovery of the liver from various liver disorders.

Planet ayurveda is a globally emerging manufactures and supplier of herbal formulation that are made with the strict adherence to ancient ayurvedic texts.

Planet Ayurveda’s experts made the combination of herbal formulations for various liver disorders under the name of LIVER CARE PACK and FATTY LIVER CARE PACK. Both these packs contain a combination of 4 efficient formulations i.e. Yakrit Plihantak Churna, Echinacea Capsules, Phyllanthus Niruri, and Liver Detox Formula.

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1. Yakrit Plihantak Churna

It is an amazing classical polyherbal blend beneficial for various liver and spleen related disorders. Its ingredients include katuki, bhumyamalaki, kalmegh, makoy, sarpunkha, kasni, bhringraj etc

Dosage-1 tsp twice daily with plain water after meals

2. Phyllanthus Niruri 

these are the standardised extract of bhumyamalaki prepared in the house of Planet ayurveda. It has hepatoprotective properties due to which it detoxifies liver cells. 

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Echinacea capsules 

Echinacea capsules are single herbal formulations prepared using standardized extract of Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata). It is also a very good herb for managing Liver disorders. 

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Liver Detox Formula

it is best product made by Planet Ayurveda’s team for the detoxification of the liver and the whole body. It contains hepatoprotective herbs such as kalmegh, makoy, punarnava and purgative drugs such as haritaki and katuki along with other herbs. 

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030 Or Check Website – www.PlanetAyurveda.com

Liver is one of the unique organs having the regeneration capabilities in the hepatocytes even after damage due to diseased condition, if adequate nourishment is provided to the liver along with these herbal supplements, one can prevent or treat various liver disorders.