By Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN, Food & Nutrition Columnist
Aug 22, 2011
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Reserach published in the Journal of Neuroscience, from the Oregon Health & Science University, shows that nerve cells in the eye require vitamin C to work properly. The retina of the eye, which is part of the central nervous system, needs to be bathed in vitamin C to function correctly. This could have implications for glaucoma which is caused by the dysfunction of nerve cells in the retina. It is possible that a vitamin C rich diet could be protective of the retina and prevent deterioration.
What else does vitamin C do? It plays a critical role in the formation of collagen, which is the connective tissue that holds together the structures of your body. Lack of vitamin C was the downfall of early ocean explorers. At sea for many months, with no fresh fruits and vegetables, the sailors often developed and died from scurvy. The sailors suffered from bleeding gums and aching joints because they were unable to make collagen. It’s found in most of the tissues throughout your body especially in the heart, brain, pancreas, adrenal glands, thymus, lungs, pituitary gland, and lens of the eyes. Vitamin C also protects many other nutrients -- vitamin E, folic acid and iron -- so they can work effectively.
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