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The 8 Important Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential to humans for survival, it is also one of the safest nutrients you can use! Since this vitamin is water-soluble it is excreted through both sweat and urine which means it needs to be replenished each day. There is an array of benefits associated with taking Vitamin C, and we have rounded up the top benefits to remind you how important it is!


Top 8 benefits you should know about vitamin C:


antioxidant function

1. Antioxidant Function: 

This vitamin is one of the best-known antioxidant powerhouses out there! Due to its ability to function as an electron donor in the body, providing protection against oxidative stress, and as a result of this free radical damage is reduced in the body, therefore lowering your risk for certain chronic diseases.
iron absorption

2. Iron Absorption: 

Powerfully enhances plant-based iron (non-heme iron) by taking it in and storing it in a readily available form, hence making it easier to be absorbed by the body -- hello vegans and vegetarians! Vitamin C can also reverse the inhibiting effect of such substances as tea and calcium/phosphate.
collagen production

3. Collagen Production: 

This vitamin even has the power to increase collagen synthesis due to its ability to stabilize collagen molecules according to recent research. Even more, preclinical studies suggest that supplementing with vitamin C has the ability to accelerate bone healing and reduce oxidative stress parameters. Collagen is so vital to our function as it is the most abundant protein found in the body, making up many parts of the body and allowing us to properly function.    

Skin health and protection

4. Skin Health & Protection: 

The vitamin C that is housed in the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin are significantly higher than the vitamin C that is circulating in the blood. Meaning it helps to protect and rejuvenate skin from the outside in! These levels can decrease with frequent exposure to pollutants such as: environmental toxins and UV from the sun, which is why it is so important to replenish your vitamin C levels daily to protect your skin and body against pollution and the harmful effects of the sun. 

how to reduce stress

5. Reduce Stress: 

Repeated stress can deplete your body of its precious vitamin C stores, which in turn can lead to lowered immunity. If you are chronically stressed, or have bouts of stress, be sure to increase your vitamin C intake to replenish those lost during moments of stress. Vitamin C can also reduce stress response as it has an inhibitory effect on cortisol, therefore helping you to better manage stress.

6. Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: 

This disease is the number one cause of death around the world and vitamin C plays multiple roles to protect the heart against it, thanks to its antioxidant properties. Although these benefits are not fully understood, part of what we do know is that this vitamin works by inhibiting the oxidation of “bad” cholesterol, therefore lowering risk of developing atherosclerosis alongside other related heart conditions. One recent study concluded that its participants with the highest vitamin C intake had a lower risk of cardiovascular mortality by a whopping 70%!

protect against cancer vitamin c

7. Protect Against Cancer:

Vitamin C is shown to help protect, reduce and improve cancer related diseases. Numerous studies have displayed that high vitamin C intake can slow the growth of common cancers such as: prostate, liver, colon and other types as it is well tolerated in most people. It has also shown to improve cancer treatment and overall survival rate, therefore it can be used at any point from prevention to remission.

vitamin c protects vision

8. Protect Vision: 

Studies suggest that increased vitamin C intake can slow age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness. Both increased and long-term use of vitamin C will help to protect your eyes overall, due to its powerful antioxidant effects, in addition to reducing your risk of common vision problems and cataracts. In fact, people with a high intake of vitamin C have 20% lower risk of cataracts.

It seems there isn’t a thing vitamin C can’t do! Right? Sometimes it can be difficult to get enough vitamin C depending on your diet alone, therefore we encourage proper supplementation. And we have made it even easy for you with our latest and greatest product: Sugar-free Vitamin C Gummies -- it really can be that easy and tasty!


Blog Written by Kali Pappas, Nutritionist 


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