Recent studies have shown that vitamin C improves fertility in men and also reduces the risk of heart disease. Vitamin C is also referred to as ascorbic acid and comes with antioxidant properties that protect the body against stress. This essential nutrient is very useful in tissue repair and enables bones to grow and repair themselves. The recommended minimum intake of vitamin C for men is 90 mg per day.
A research conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the abnormal thickening and clotting of blood was less likely to happen in men who had sufficient vitamin C in their bodies.
In a similar fertility study, it was found out that men aged between 25 and 35 years were more likely to increase their sperm count - by up to 129 percent - by taking 1000 mg of vitamin C twice a day for a period of two months. The sperm mobility was also found to have increased by 93 percent whereas the sperm morphology increased by 55 percent. These research findings therefore show that vitamin C can significantly improve the quality of semen.
Vitamin C mostly comes from plant sources. Some of these sources include oranges, broccoli, cabbage, bell pepper, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, strawberries, lemons, kiwi, limes, watermelon, cantaloupe, asparagus and pineapple. Not getting enough of vitamin C leads to anemia and impaired immunity. Taking too much of it for a long period is not recommended either as it leads to stomach upsets since your body won't handle it. All you need therefore is to eat some fruits and vegetables to get enough of this essential nutrient for your body.
Some medical conditions require special diet and more intake of vitamin C as may be directed by the doctor. In this case, a vitamin C supplement is required since it’s barely feasible to get large amounts of the vitamin from food alone.
This nutrient is water-soluble and hence an excess intake is easily excreted though urine. However, men should be careful with supplements as very large doses of vitamin C taken for a prolonged time could lead to health conditions like kidney stones. Also, for those with hemachromatosis (iron overload in the body), excessive intake of vitamin C might worsen their conditions. The upper limit for vitamin C intake for grown-up men is 2000 mg per day.
There are also claims that vitamin C can assist in preventing or curing common colds. Although this is not backed by any scientific evidence, it can be argued that adequate intake of vitamin C strengthens the immune system and thus helps the body to fight against infections. Additionally, its antihistamine effects can shorten the duration of the common colds and make their symptoms milder.