Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is essential to your general health and wellbeing. You get it each and every day from what you eat and drink. Traditionally associated with oranges, some other foods that are high in Vitamin C are broccoli, yellow capsicum, Rosehips, Thyme, Parsley, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Lemon, Lychees and strawberries. Thanks to some of the incredible ingredients we use, Vitamin C can also be found in many of our fantastic products!
Aside from being necessary for your general wellbeing, here are some other reasons it is super important to get your Vitamin C…
Vitamin C could boost your immunity and help fight the Common Cold
With common cold and flu season on the horizon, you might benefit from upping your Vitamin C intake at this time of year. Vitamin C could reduce the severity of colds and speed up the recovery time by 8% in adults and 14% in children, according to Cochrane. This is because Vitamin C is highly concentrated immune cells, meaning that Vitamin C could potentially boost your immune system.
Vitamin C could slow down the effects of ageing
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that could potentially strengthen your body’s natural defences. This includes possibly protecting your cells from the harmful free radicals. When free radicals accumulate, they can go into a state known as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has not only been linked to a variety of chronic diseases but also ageing by causing tissue damage, which could lead to wrinkles, lines, as well as dry and irritated skin. Vitamin C also plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis, a process that allows for new skin production.
Vitamin C could prevent Iron Deficiency
Iron is another essential nutrient that your body needs to help a variety of functions. While some may be iron deficient due to their anaemia, diet, period, or a chronic illness, others are iron deficient because their body lacks the ability to absorb iron. Vitamin C could potentially improve iron absorption, as it can assist in converting iron that is poorly absorbed. So if you’re part of the 30 per cent struggling with an iron deficiency, it may be beneficial to raise your Vitamin C intake.
Vitamin C could help repair wounds
Vitamin C may heal minor cuts and grazes. According to studies, this is because Vitamin C helps promote collagen synthesis, allowing for new skill cells to grow in place of ones that have previously been damaged. According to the National Centre of Biotechnology, Vitamin C is involved in all of the phases that occur during wound healing, including the inflammatory phase: which has to occur so the damaged cells can die. Vitamin C also plays a role in the proliferative phase, which is when collagen synthesis occurs.
Vitamin C may lower Blood Pressure
Scientists from Johns Hopkins University Medical School, suggest that high doses of Vitamin C could intermittently lower your blood pressure. This is because Vitamin C may act as a diuretic, therefore removing excess fluid in your body, which could help lower the pressure within your blood vessels.
Vitamin C may help prevent Gout attacks
A form of arthritis, Gout is a painful condition which occurs when your body has too much uric acid in the blood. This uric acid can build up and form crystals that can deposit in the body, which can lead to pain, inflammation, and swelling. Studies conducted by Researcher, Hyon K. Choi MD, suggest that Vitamin C could potentially prevent Gout attacks as it may have the ability to reduce levels of uric acid.
The recommended daily dose of Vitamin C is 75 milligrams for women and 90 milligrams for men, so make sure you up your dose so you can reap up these potentially awesome benefits!