Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C

A lot of people have taken vitamin C at some stage in their life, but how much do you really know about this commonly used vitamin.

Well to start with there is a good chance that the vitamin C you may have taken, was in the form of synthetic ascorbic acid which is a low-cost, manufactured mimic of food-state vitamin C. Non-food-state ascorbic acid is made via a chemical laboratory process and therefore doesn't contain the co-factors and biomarkers that food-state vitamin C does. It is far better to take a natural food-state vitamin C because it has no chemical tag-alongs, and because of its biomarkers and co-factors, the body naturally recognises, assimilates and utilises the nutrient more readily.

A Few Facts About Vitamin C

  • Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin
  • The human body cannot synthesise its own vitamin C therefore it must be acquired from the diet
  • Only very small amounts of vitamin C are stored in the body therefore it is necessary to ingest vitamin C on a regular basis for good health
  • Vitamin C is an unstable vitamin that is sensitive to heat and light, and is easily lost during cooking of foods, making it more readily available in raw foods
  • Vitamin C is almost non-existent in animal foods. The highest food sources of vitamin C are fruits and vegetables
  • Vitamin C is an important co-factor for transformation and utilisation of many of the other vitamins
  • Vitamin C plays a role in hundreds of metabolic processes in the body

What Increases the Need for Vitamin C?

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Viruses
  • Infections
  • Heavy metal contamination
  • Taking of pharmaceutical medications
  • Exposure to toxins

What is Vitamin C Good For?

  • Vitamin C promotes collagen production which maintains healthy skin and blood vessels, and effective wound healing
  • Vitamin C is important for good adrenal health
  • Vitamin C promotes healthy gums
  • Vitamin C improves immunity
  • Vitamin C is a good antioxidant i.e it assists in "mopping up" free radicals in the body that cause tissue damage
  • Vitamin C aids detoxification
  • Vitamin C aids the metabolism and conversion of other nutrients, such as tryptophan and tyrosine, into "feel good" neurotransmitters that are important for mental and emotional well-being
  • Vitamin C is good for cardiovascular health issues such as high blood pressure and atherosclerosis
  • Vitamin C may assist in relieving constipation. Higher dosages of vitamin C can cause the stools to become loose

Good Food Sources of Vitamin C Amla, acerola cherries, citrus, berries, quavas, persimmons, kiwifruit, oranges, capsicum, tomatoes, broccoli, onions, leafy greens, peas, brussel sprouts, cabbage, parsley and sprouted seeds. 

If the dietary sources of vitamin C are inadequate or the body's vitamin C requirements are increased due to contributing factors as mentioned previously, Power of Nature recommends all-natural, food-state Vitamin C supplements.

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