26 Jun Vitamin C – CAN YOU “C” THE BENEFITS?
Lately, we have seen lots of discussions that vitamin C is an essential part of our diet – and beauty routine! Vitamin C’s first claim to fame was preventing scurvy, but we now know that vitamin C,
also known as l-ascorbic acid, has a lot more to offer than just strong bones. This water-soluble vitamin is an immune-boosting, antioxidant powerhouse that promotes great health and youthful, glowing skin. An antioxidant-rich, nutrient-dense Daily Shake is a great way to build up or support a strong immune system.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it fights free radicals that can cause inflammation and cell damage. Vitamin C can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as hypertension and macular degeneration. Antioxidants also have many beauty benefits that help protect the skin and prevent the signs of aging. It also helps our body use other important antioxidants such as vitamin E more efficiently by increasing the impact of all these beneficial nutrients.
Many people believe that increasing vitamin C after noticing the symptoms of a cold or flu will resolve the cold faster. However, most research shows that it is the constant use of ascorbic acid that keeps the immune system strong, which can prevent disease or shorten the duration of a cold. Including a supplemental form of vitamin C, along with a vitamin-rich diet supports the immune system over time. Keep in mind, however, that high doses of supplemental vitamin C can cause loose bowels.
How much vitamin C do I need?
Adults aged 19 to 64 need 40mg of vitamin C a day. You should be able to get all the vitamin C you need from your daily diet. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.
The body needs vitamin C for various functions. Here are some of them:
- It helps the body produce collagen, L-carnitine, and some neurotransmitters. ● As an antioxidant, it helps remove unwanted substances known as reactive oxidative species (ROS) from the body.
- It helps the body absorb iron.
- It boosts the immune system.
- It enhances wound healing.
“We often tend to deny anything that comes easy. Vitamin C is surely one of them due to the fact that it’s with every sour fruit and we avoid it just because it is sour. Make the mistake no more!”
“I’m not a doctor to advise but trust me a bit of Vitamin C can truly do wonders.”
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