Category: Skin Health

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

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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 Management of Lyme Disease ( infectious bacterial disease )

Abstract

Lyme disease is an infectious bacterial disease spread by ticks. The ticks live on animals such as deer, cows, horses, etc. The ticks are black legged and are small enough to be immediately pointed out by naked eye. The major symptoms of Lyme disease are rashes, fever, malaise, fatigue, joint pain, etc. Lyme disease can be resolved in a few weeks but care has to be taken even after that because it leaves behind the joint pain and bone weakness. This article features safe and natural herbal remedies that will help the disease resolve faster and the symptoms also improve, along with helping prevent joint inflammation.

Introduction

Lyme disease is named after the town Lyme in the United States. Lyme disease is the most common bacterial infection carried by ticks in the world. These ticks can be present anywhere on animals and also wander on trees and grass, especially where vegetation is even mildly dense. Lyme disease often confuses the natural immune and nervous mechanisms of the body; therefore, it requires to be taken more seriously than other bacterial infections. The ticks that carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease are too small to be noticed while they bite you. The tick remains attached for one to two days and it swells up during this time, so it should be removed as soon as possible so that you can prevent the spread of the bacteria into the bloodstream.

People with Lyme disease are usually given full courses of antibiotics, which can be oral as well as intravenous. But these bacteria that cause Lyme disease are quite stubborn and penetrate the dhatus i.e. deepest levels of tissues in the body. Antibiotics cannot reach these levels. There they alter their genetic composition and cause the immunity to further decrease, and disturb various parameters of the blood, such as:

  • Decreased leukocytes
  • Increased mean corpuscular volume
  • Increased fasting glucose
  • Increased LDL cholesterol

Along with the above, another problem with antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease is that it may leave the person with other new infectious microbes such as Bartonella, lungworms, molds, viruses, ehrlichia, babesia, mycoplasma and coxiella, etc.

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Symptoms also keep reappearing

  • Rash at the site of bite.
  • Irritation and redness.
  • The rash becomes bigger and harder.
  • The rash will have the diameter of around 10 inches.
  • More than one rash may be there.
  • Itching and pain.
  • Fever and chills.
  • Weakness and dizziness.
  • Fatigue and body ache.
  • Stiffness in the limbs.
  • Unable to move specific muscles of the face.
  • Pain in the eyes.
  • Feeling of warmth or heat flush in the face.
  • Fatigue gets severe.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Shakiness and tremor.
  • Toes become cold.

Causes

Various factors contribute to the development of any condition in an individual. In case of infectious vector borne diseases, being bitten by the vector causes illness. In order to get infected with Lyme disease it is required to be bitten by ticks that carry the infectious bacteria.

  • Being bitten by ticks that carry the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia afzelii, Borrelia garinii or Borrelia mayonii.
  • Being close to such an animal that is carrying ticks as well as the Borrelia bacteria.

Risk factors

Some factors decide the severity and susceptibility of a condition affecting a particular individual. In case of Lyme disease, those factors are

  • Being close to deer, horses or cows: if you or your kids go horse riding or encounter and pat stray cows and goats, you might get those black legged ticks.
  • Walking barefoot in the grass: some infected ticks may have fallen in the grass where your children play.
  • Having pets at home and leaving them to wander here and there: if you leave your pets to go for a walk on their own, they might catch those ticks which carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Ticks should be removed from pets every day.

Diagnosis

The doctor shall first investigate the history of your activities in the past week, to know if you could have been bitten by the tick that carries Lyme disease. Antibody test that detects antibodies developed in response to the bacteria can be done. If antibodies are found then a confirmatory test is done. Usually antibiotic medication courses are given to people having Lyme disease.

Complications

If the infection takes long to resolve, and even after the infection has resolved, the following complications may arise and never get relieved, termed as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

  • Chronic joint pains: the joints are badly affected with Lyme disease, just like in chikungunya.
  • Chronic fatigue: the person may be left with lifelong susceptibility to get fatigued sooner.
  • Arrhythmia: irregular heart beat may be observed (or not observed) even after relief from the actual ongoing infection.

Sometimes, the antibiotic used in a Lyme disease infection can further reduce your white blood cell count and also cause diarrhea. Other organisms may also develop in the body after the antibiotic course. Therefore, herbal management is recommended.

Herbal Remedies for Lyme disease by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda manufactures pure herbal formulations that are used as medications and tonics worldwide. These formulations are carefully sourced from authentic texts on Ayurveda written in ancient India thousands of years ago. The formulations are chemical free and additive free and thus safe for consumption by people of all ages and individual conditions. The products are suitable for people with all dietary preferences and restrictions since these are completely plant-based, halal and completely organic. A combination has been created by experts at Planet Ayurveda for ayurvedic management of Lyme disease infection.

Products List

  1. Gandhak Rasayan
  2. Neem Capsules
  3. Bone Support Capsules
  4. Joint Aid Plus
  5. Coral calcium Complex
  6. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

Herbal Remedies for Lyme disease

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Product Description

1. Gandhak Rasayan

These tablets are made with purified Sulphur which aims at purifying the deepest levels of tissues in the body, thus preventing as well as eliminating the microbial growth in the blood which has been caused by the ticks.

Dosage: 2 tabs thrice daily with lukewarm water after meals.

2. Neem Capsules

Made with the pure standardized extract of Neem (Azadirachta indica) in the form of capsules, it is known widely for its beneficial properties on the whole body internally as well as externally. It is also an antimicrobial in nature.

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

3. Bone Support

This capsule is an excellent formulation of herbs and mineral compounds such as Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna), Hadjod (Cissus quadrangularis), and Shuddha Laksha (Laccifer lacca) which are all known for their beneficial effect in preventing the inflammation of joints as well as the blood and the lymph.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day with plain water meals.

4. Joint Aid Plus

This formulation contains herbs such as Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), etc. which are known for their healing effect on the skeletal joints especially during an ongoing immune response in the body.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day with plain water after meals.

5. Coral Calcium Complex

It is an excellent formulation of herbs and minerals such as Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Mukta Pishti (Pearl calcium), Kamdudha Ras (an ayurvedic formulation) and other mineral Pishti (pastes). It is recommended in Lyme disease so that the inflammation and fatigue of the skeletal system can be prevented.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day with plain water after meals.

6. Boswellia + Curcumin

These capsules contain Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Haridra (curcuma longa) which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. These capsules shall prevent the inflammation caused by bacterial invasion in the blood vessels supplying the vital organs.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day with plain water after meals.

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Conclusion

The medications described here are natural and herbal, thus generally safe for everyone. However, pregnant women and people with multiple conditions should seek consultation and guidance from the experts before beginning any program or course of medications. Lyme disease will resolve faster and the symptoms would be less severe with this combination of herbal remedies. Usually fatigue, joint aches and malaise stay even after the infectious illnesses have resolved. This is why complete care should be taken to prevent inflammation of the bones and the joints and to purify the blood side by side in cases such as that of Lyme disease infection.

References

  1. https://www.gersonayurveda.com/giam-blog/2019/5/25/the-ayurvedic-approach-to-lyme-diseasepart-2-treatment-by-dr-scott-gerson