Apart from out-of-pocket expense, the average cost of annual health insurance premiums in 2010 for single coverage was $5049. Still that $5049 every year does not ensure health or a long life.
Vitamin C is a nutritional form of health insurance that costs about $10 to $40 per month when you are getting the amount you need for its greatest benefit. Would we need expensive health insurance and money for non-covered medical expenses if we were seldom sick? Would wellness drive the essential medical costs down?
Vitamin C ensures better health when required amounts are absorbed within the body. Good nutrition eliminates much of the need for expensive medical intrusion. Some would have us believe that a "normal" good health includes many of the infirmities and diseases that vitamin C actually prevents. When those sicknesses require prescription drugs, you may add their debilitating side effects to your medical condition and perhaps a spiraling deterioration from there.
Middle-age patients report a common response given by their doctor is, "you're just getting older," and the implication is, "live with it." The medical industry should not be relied on for all health information. Ongoing studies that continually provide new information about the benefits of vitamin C are not a part of medical training and unfortunately, are unfamiliar to most traditional practitioners.
Frequently mentioned is the fact that people are living longer and that tremendous advances have been made in medical technology. Perhaps it’s a supply-and-demand issue. Disease statistics indicate people in this country are in fact sicker, and medical technology "comes up with" ways to get us through it with drugs and surgery. Perhaps some may prefer the more “normal” lifestyle of monthly time in doctors’ waiting rooms, googles of tests and surgical vacations as part of their health care maintenance.
In the early 1900s, it was determined that 60 milligrams of vitamin C daily prevent one from dying of scurvy. Scurvy is a word associated with the discovery and naming of ascorbic acid which is the outer shell of the entire C nutrient. Today the USDA “recommended daily intake” is nearly the same being 75-90 mg/day. However, recent studies conclude that we should have 3000 to 5500 milligrams of the C complex vitamin per day to receive the maximum benefit.
It’s likely we do get the 75-90 mg RDI of vitamin C each day. We don’t die of scurvy. At the same time, even the USDA Food Guide Pyramid recommends seven to nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day. These are foods that contain the most vitamin C along with the companion nutrients that enable absorption within the body. This is an example of eight servings of whole foods which would provide just 500 mg of vitamin C, about one-tenth of what our bodies could actually use.
- Cantaloupe, 1 cup (8 ounces): 59 mg
- Orange juice, 1 cup: 97 mg
- Broccoli, cooked, 1 cup: 74 mg
- Red cabbage, 1/2 cup: 40 mg
- Green pepper, 1/2 cup, 60 mg
- Red pepper, 1/2 cup, 95 mg
- Kiwi, 1 medium: 70 mg
- Tomato juice, 1 cup: 45 mg
Sadly, the average American diet contains such a high imbalance of starches, fats and proteins that there is little room and little appetite left for fresh fruits and vegetables. Tomato juice is usually consumed as a bottled or canned product. Generally, canned fruits and vegetables contribute very little to your nutrition.
Our soil is organically depleted; much of our food is deficient of its normal nutrient quality, is picked green, is shipped from other countries and some is stored for long periods of time. If these foods are processed in cans, you would be healthier and richer by fasting. All of this and the stresses of modern lifestyles contribute to the need for larger amounts of supplemented vitamin C complex.
A minimum of 1000 milligrams of vitamin C is needed just to saturate the organ tissues. The optimum amount is 3000 to 5500 milligrams per day. A practical and effective approach to obtaining these amounts is accomplished with supplements that contain multiple sources of C. A source of vitamin C that includes all its inherent properties, such as Acerola cherry, will be better utilized in our bodies.
Many studies have been conducted, and common findings in all are that 3000-5500 milligrams daily of vitamin C reduce cardiac disease and deaths, increase life span and promote better health overall.
"Vitamin C has received a great deal of attention, and with good reason. Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health," says study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan. "The more we study vitamin C, the better our understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, protecting our cardiovascular system especially against atherosclerosis and stroke, fighting cancer, promoting eye health, immunity and longer life."
Research concludes the following are benefits of intensive vitamin C regimens:
- natural anti-inflammatory
- muscle relaxer
- neutralizes diabetes
- reduces blood pressure
- reduces heart attack risk
- increases life span
- increases lung capacity (asthma)
- regulates cholesterol
- boosts immune system
- restores energy
- enhances mental clarity
- encourages collagen formation
- fights atherosclerosis
Vitamin C affects many of these body functions because it controls fibrinogen levels, works as an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and boosts the immune system.
So it seems logical that we would want to supplement our diets with vitamin C as a means of proactive health insurance. It will take a little extra effort and consistency. Along with other wellness practices, it should become part of our lifestyle. If you only do one thing, prioritize a daily supplement of a complex vitamin C powder or capsule.
No doubt most will feel more comfortable continuing with the expense of traditional health insurance. I make an extra effort to prevent sickness. I spend about $300 a year on good Vitamin C complex supplements. I also spend about the same amount on the right multiple and two or three other supplements. You know the wellness clichés, eat right, exercise and drink plenty of water. Worn words maybe, but proven advice and free.
Enjoy good health! Ensure it with vitamin C.