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You’ve probably heard of the immune-boosting benefits of vitamin C. Maybe you already up your vitamin C consumption every year around cold and flu season. But did you know that vitamin C has a ton of other health and wellness benefits too?
We love our vitamin C powders for everyday supplementation.
Want to learn more about this super vitamin? We’ve written this post to help you learn more about the benefits of vitamin C before you add vitamin C to your daily routine.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is an essential vitamin. An essential vitamin means that our bodies can’t produce it on their own and so we need to get it from our diet or supplements. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant, which makes it great for fighting off stress and disease.
We often think of oranges and other citrus fruits when we are wanting to boost our vitamin C, but it is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens, strawberries, capsicums, brussels sprouts, kiwi, broccoli, and many more.
Benefits of vitamin C
It is recommended in adults for women to get at least 75 milligrams (mg) and men, at least 90 mg of vitamin C every day, but for optimal health and wellness it can be beneficial and safe to take higher doses closer to 1000 mg.
Here are some of our favorite reasons to supplement a healthy diet with vitamin C powder:
Strengthens the Immune system
Its antioxidant properties support the function of a healthy immune system and better prepare the body to fight off stress and foreign invaders. Vitamin C also promotes the production of white blood cells, which are our protectors within the immune system, to fight off infection.
People with a vitamin C deficiency have shown higher rates of infection with things like the common cold, though also can lead to bruising, bleeding gums and fatigue. People suffering from colds who supplemented with vitamin C have shown to recover more rapidly, than those who did not.
Promotes skin health and collagen production
It is not just for immune health. Vitamin C can help the body create more collagen, a protein that helps improve skin elasticity as well as growing and repairing healthy hair, skin, nails, connective tissues and bones.
Improves iron absorption
Vitamin C interacts with minerals in our food, like iron, and makes them easier for our bodies to absorb. Iron is a mineral found in certain foods that we eat like meat and spinach. It is essential for growth and development, helps us maintain healthy energy levels, and transports oxygen in the body.
The type of iron that we get in our diet from plants can be trickier for the body to absorb than the type of iron commonly found in meat and seafood, so vitamin C can be an important supplement for anyone on a plant-based diet.
Enhances brain function
Higher vitamin C consumption might be associated with higher brain function and can help protect your ability to think clearly and retain memories as you age.
Inflammation in the brain can cause a lot of negative side effects, including impaired thinking and memory loss, and is a risk factor for developing dementia. Vitamin C deficiencies are often seen in those with dementia.
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C may help fight inflammation in the brain and protect against age-related cognitive and mental decline.
Protects eye function
Taking high doses of vitamin C may decrease the risk of developing cataracts and other degenerative eye diseases. This is due to the vitamin C being able to produce collagen, the proteins which provide tissue structure to your eye, particularly for the sclera and cornea. However, more research needs to be conducted to understand this benefit.
Lowers risk of heart disease
Heart disease is a leading cause of death worldwide. While vitamin C should not replace other treatments for heart disease, it has been shown to help relax blood vessels, lower blood pressure, lower LDL or “bad’ cholesterol, and increase levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol, due to its rich antioxidant effects.
Add a vitamin C supplement to your routine today
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for many functions in the body, and due to its water solubility; meaning it does not accumulate in the body and gets excreted via waste, urine, sweat and saliva it is super important to make sure that you are replenishing your daily stores.