A common reason for taking vitamin C (also called ‘ascorbic acid’) is to improve or strengthen the immune system against colds and flu, among other things. But what many people don’t know is that vitamin C is an essential nutrient for your beauty.
Many people, especially women, use expensive cosmetics and skin care products to combat aging or to create healthy skin. But one of the most powerful and inexpensive ways to get a healthy glow is by getting enough vitamin C in.
Good to know is that your body pees out excess vitamin C and doesn’t store it as a reserve, so you need to get enough vitamin C every day through your daily diet and drinks. Superfoods like acerola cherries, camu camu and goji berries are examples of the most potent sources of vitamin C. One serving (1 teaspoon) of camu camu powder contains up to 30 times as much vitamin C as one orange.
Top foods that contain Vitamin C:
– (Chili) Peppers
The recommended amount of vitamin C for women and men is 75mg per day. Although it is generally best to get this amount through food, some people may need a supplement.
Let’s see what the benefits can be of taking a vitamin C supplement if you can’t get your recommendation through diet.
1. Increases Levels of Antioxidants
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s immune system. Antioxidants are substances that boost your immune system by protecting your cells from harmful substances called free radicals.
When free radicals accumulate in your body, they can create a toxic state in your body. This is also called oxidative stress, which is then linked to various chronic diseases.
Research shows that consuming more vitamin C can increase the levels of antioxidants in your blood by up to 30%. This helps enormously in fighting inflammation and oxidative stress.
Vitamin C used to be used for the prevention and treatment of scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. The deficiency of vitamin C leads to symptoms such as anemia, gum disease and skin problems.
2. Supports The Immune System
Did you know that many animals produce extra vitamin C in stressful situations? Sometimes up to 4000 mg!
Humans cannot produce vitamin C themselves. That’s exactly why I swallow some extra during stressful periods!
It has been scientifically proven that vitamin C reduces the negative effect of stress on your immune system and helps with fatigue, depression and anxiety. In addition, it reduces substances that stimulate chronic inflammation, fights vitamin C viruses and stimulates detoxification processes.
Vitamin C increases the mobility of leukocytes or white blood cells. These are the cells of our immune system. White blood cells take care of our defense against diseases. Vitamin C could contribute to the normal functioning of your immune system and the strengthening of your natural resistance.
3. Supports The Collagen Production
Without vitamin C, the body is unable to synthesize collagen, the most important protein in connective tissue. As a result, a deficiency affects the skin, tendons, ligaments and bones.
It is a powerful anti-ageing agent, as it helps to prevent wrinkles and dry skin as much as possible. Something that’s more than welcome being halfway through 30 😉
Vitamin C also helps maintain and strengthen the strength of your nails from the inside out by helping the body produce collagen.
4. Increases The Iron Absorption
Iron is very important for our body and vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron from your diet. Vitamin C helps to convert poorly absorbed iron, such as from plant sources, to a form that is easier to absorb. So it’s important to know for people who don’t eat meat as meat is a major source of iron.
Iron deficiency can lead to fatigue and a weakened body. Vitamin C ensures that the iron from your diet is optimally absorbed. This makes you look and feel energetic and fresh.
Eating only 100 mg of Vitamin C per day can increase your iron absorption by as little as 67%. As a result, vitamin C can indirectly reduce the risk of anemia.
5. Improves Mental Health
Do you feel bad and depressed? If you don’t have enough vitamin C, it’s quite possible that you’re feeling gloomy.
One of the first signs of vitamin C deficiency is a bad mood. A supplement of vitamin C can release neurotransmitters such as dopamine.
Dopamine is the reward or pleasure hormone responsible for feeling good. It literally makes you feel happy, making you happier through life. Research shows that anger, anxiety and depression are reduced in this way.
6. Good For Your Eyes
Take enough vitamin C and take care of your eyes because the fluid between your cornea and iris needs a lot of it.
This liquid is known as ‘chamber fluid’ and is bursting with vitamin C, which is extremely important to prevent oxidative stress in the eyes.
Some studies have even shown that consumption in the long term can even prevent cataracts and loss of face, caused by macular degeneration.
Incredible Vitamin C
Besides the health benefits mentioned above, there are some indications of influence in cardiovascular disease, lowering blood pressure and a possible reduction with side effects of chemotherapy. However, more research and replicated results are necessary.
What’s important to mention, is that every person is different. A good dose for one person can feel uncomfortable for another. So look what works for you and if you have any doubts, make sure to discuss this with your licensed health practitioner.
Please be careful with high doses of Vitamin C, because they promote the production of oxalate stones. Caution is advised in persons with kidney stones or with history of kidney stones.
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