I scream, you scream, we scream for Vitamin C!
Have you noticed that every time you walk down the supplements isle at your local Clicks or Dischem that there is a rather large amount of shelf space dedicated to Vitamin C supplements? Especially when compared to all the other supplements. This is because there are many benefits derived from Vitamin C. It helps to maintain collagen integrity, facilitates the growth and repair of tissue in your body, boosts your immune system, helps to improve skin concerns and more.
Let’s have a look at what Vitamin C can do your you, the different forms of Vitamin C and some tips when purchasing it:
1 Benefits of Vitamin C
Colds and Flu’s. Vit C won’t cure you of your cold but it boosts your immune system, which in turn can help you fight the infection, recover faster and prevent more serious symptoms from occurring.
Stress. Stress lowers your immune system and makes you more susceptible to ailments of the brain and nervous system. Vitamin C helps our bodies cope better with stress.
Cholesterol. Vit C helps to lower your cholesterol by speeding up the change of cholesterol into bile salts to make it easier for the body to metabolize it through your lymph system.
Heart disease and strokes. Vitamin C contains powerful antioxidants that scavenge free radicals which cause harm to your artery walls. This in turn can lower your chance of heart disease and strokes.
Arthritis. Arthritis occurs predominantly in joints. Your cartilage in the joint space contains a very important protein called collagen. Collagen keeps your cartilage strong and in place. Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen and the combination of Vitamin C deficiency and the stresses of arthritis can damage your collagen. Thus, you need to take a good dose of Vitamin C to boost the collagen production process and to help maintain your collagen’s integrity. This can improve your body’s resistance against ailments like arthritis.
Would healing. Vitamin C helps to facilitate the growth of connective tissue. This will allow your body to recover a bit faster from injuries, wounds, cystic acne etc.
Ageing. Because Vitamin C helps to facilitate the production of collagen and is a high-quality antioxidant, it improves the quality of your collagen which decreases with age. It also helps to protect you against environmental damages, like free radicals, that causes photo-ageing.
There is still so much more Vitamin C can do for you and if I have to list them all you would be reading all day, but if you are interested in finding out about other benefits of Vitamin C can click on this link: Health Benefits of Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid
2 Topical Vitamin C
You will find a lot of skin Care Products contain topical Vitamin C. These products will provide your skin with much needed antioxidants to help:
- Improve and fight the signs of ageing
- Stimulate collagen and elastin renewal
- Fight free radicals that cause photo-damage
- Help repair acne lesions
- Boost your sunblock’s protection capabilities
- Improve your skin tone and texture for a healthy glow
Topical Vitamin C serves both an aesthetic purpose and protective purpose. It stimulates collagen and elastin renewal for anti-ageing benefits but also boosts your sunblock’s protection capabilities and scavenging free radicals that cause harmful lesions on your skin.
3 Oral Vitamin C
Deficiency of Vitamin C in your body can cause problems with: growth and repair of support tissue; the health of your bones, teeth and skin; the healing speed of your wounds; your susceptibility to problems relating to sun damage and ageing; and so much more.
It is thus important to look at using a Vitamin C whether through food sources, supplements or a combination of both.
4 Vitamin C Tips
- Take a 500mg tablet with your 4-5 portions of fruit per day. If you are not a fruit lover take 1000mg of Vitamin C a day.
- Take a Vitamin C complex as it contains more minerals as appose to just your Ascorbic Acid supplement.
- Take a non-acidic, buffered form of Vitamin C if you find that normal Vitamin C irritates your stomach.
- Some antioxidants in Vitamin C products oxidize when exposed to light and heat. Make sure you follow the care instructions on your product packaging.
- Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in your Vitamin C product.
So, as you can see, Vitamin C has received a lot of attention from experts and bloggers. This has allowed us to unlock a warrior to combat so many of our problems, from immune support, gum disease… all the way down to sun damage and ageing. Don’t waste any more time wondering if you need Vitamin C in your life. Make sure you get your topical and oral support today!
- ‘The Benefits of Vitamin C’, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-benefits-of-vitamin-c – Accessed September 2016
- ‘15 ways Vitamin C keeps you healthy and fit!’, The Health Site, http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-vitamin-c-sh214/ – Accessed September 2016
- ‘Health Benefits of Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid’, Organic Facts, https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vitamins/health-benefits-of-vitamin-c-or-ascorbic-acid.html – Accessed September 2016
- ‘Is Your Vitamin C the Real Deal or a GMO Wannabe?’, The Healthy Home Economist, http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/is-your-vitamin-c-the-real-deal-or-a-gmo-wannabe/ – Accessed 2016
- ‘Ascorbic Acid versus Vitamin C Complex’, The Vitamin C Foundation, http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9614 – Accessed September 2016
- ‘Vitamin C: Natural Vs Synthetic’, The Recommended Daily, https://smartypantsvitamins.com/vitamin-c-natural-vs-synthetic/ -Accessed September 2016
Written by Danike Bouwer
Edited Dr Jenni Irvine
©The Aesthetics Centre September 2016