Benefits of Vitamin C

Benefits of Vitamin C

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most abundant vitamins in our food, especially in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is known for many benefits, most famously aiding in cold recovery and assisting in overall immunity. However, there is so much more Vitamin C can offer, which is why we cannot recommend it enough! And so, today let us spend some time learning more about this essential nutrient.

What exactly is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, also called L-ascorbic acid, is water-soluble organic compound, and is required in small quantities for you body to function correctly. Your body can only hold about 200 mg of Vitamin C per day, but your body does not absorb 100% of the Vitamins you consume, thus much higher doses (up to 1,000 mg or more) are often taken as a supplement. An overdose of Vitamin C is (almost) impossible, as excess Vitamin C compounds are harmlessly excreted through the body in urine.

Vitamin is can aid your body in a number of tasks, including repair body tissue, defend against heart disease, absorb iron, and lower cholesterol.

What does a Vitamin C deficiency look like?

Vitamin C is everywhere- yet, Vitamin C deficiencies are not uncommon! Have you heard of the saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a medium-sized apple contains only 8.4 mg of Vitamin C, and Oranges contain 51 mg- but how many oranges do you eat in a day? According to the the FDA, we need 60 mg per day for optimal health. Take into account that we do not absorb 100% of the Vitamins we consume, and you can see how Vitamin deficiencies can occur if you’re not careful.

Vitamin C deficiencies can result in:

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle Weakness

  • Joint & Muscle Aches

  • Bleeding Gums

  • Leg Rashes

Does Vitamin C boost your immune system?

The short answer is yes.

One review of 29 studies (with over 11,000 participants total), some of which were followed for years, found that using 200 mg of Vitamin C could prevent colds or reduce the duration of a cold by about 10%. Symptoms of a cold were milder among users who started using Vitamin C before they got sick. Interestingly, users who started taking Vitamin C before they had a cold did not also enjoy the benefits of a shorter cold, just milder symptoms.

Collagen Production & Skin Care

Collagen makes up one-third of the total protein in your body. Your collagen production slows as you begin to age, and is often cited as one of the factors that impact your skin’s firmness and youthful appearance. However, you body needs Vitamin C in order to produce Collagen!

To stimulate the production of collagen, Vitamin C supports two enzymes in collagen synthesis; interacting with amino acids within collagen cells to provide hydrogen and oxygen, allows more collagen cells to be made. Thus, one of the best ways to keep healthy, youthful skin is to increase Vitamin C & Collagen intake.

Bone & Joint Health

Vitamin C also plays a role in Joint Health! Researchers discovered, after controlling for several variables, that Vitamin C supplements can prevent knee osteoarthritis. The most common of arthritis caused by joint pain and swelling. Vitamin C can also help with Rheumatoid Arthritis and provide joint protection due to its antioxidant potential, from supporting collagen production, and from its ability to fight infections.

At the risk of editorializing, I was amazed at all the benefits of Vitamin C when I made the decision to the research. For me, it’s encouraging to discover this vitamin, which can be found in so many common supplements and foods, offer immunity support, anti-aging properties, and support joint & bone health; and empowers me to take control of my own health. I have a newfound appreciation of this essential organic compound we call Vitamin C, and I hope you do too.

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