: (Vitamin C) An antioxidant and one of the most important vitamins in the defence against illness. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin which is necessary for the re-formation of tissue in the body and the production of adrenalin and healthy gums. Vitamin C protects against the harmful effects of pollution, prevents cancer, protects against infections and strengthens the immune defence. It can also lower the level of cholesterol and the blood pressure. Protects against the development of sclerosis. Vitamin C prevents blood clotting, it induces wound healing and the production of anti-stress hormone. It gives rise to the production of interferon and is necessary in the metabolization of folic acid, tyrosine, and phenylalanine. Studies indicate that the combination of vitamin C and vitamin E has a stronger effect than the individual vitamins. Vitamin E searches for harmful oxygen radicals in the cell membranes, whereas vitamin C destroys the chain of free radicals. Both of these vitamins are very active antioxidants. Since the body cannot produce vitamin C itself, it must be provided through the diet or as a supplement. Vitamin C normally only stays in the body for a few hours. Therefore it should be supplemented at short intervals. Vitamin C is secreted with the urine. Illness increases the body's need of vitamin C. The best way of taking vitamin C is therefore as a long-acting tablet or at least three times daily with bioflavanoids, which are found in fruit and vegetables or can be taken as a supplement. For many acute diseases it can be taken once an hour with advantage. Vitamin C is most effectively administered intravenously, especially if a larger therapeutic supplement is needed, but this requires consultation with a doctor.