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What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is one of the most popular vitamin supplements on the market. Most likely you remember it as the orange flavoured tablets you were given as a child when you caught a cold. But how much do you really know about this essential nutrient?
Let us break it down for you…
Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble vitamin that the body cannot make or store. This means the only way we can ensure optimal vitamin C levels in the body is by getting enough from the foods we eat every day. Because excess vitamin C is expelled from the body, getting a big hit on one day of the week won’t keep your levels high for the next 6 days, it needs to be replenished.
While oranges have long been hero-ed for their high vitamin C content, there are a range of fruits and vegetables you can choose from that pack a vitamin C punch. All forms of citrus fruits, berries, kiwis, red capsicum, broccoli and green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C. A fresh, varied, wholefood diet with an abundance of plant-based foods is the best way to get the most vitamin C intake from food.
So, if you’re eating a range of great vitamin c-rich foods, do you really need a supplement? The answer is maybe. Vitamin c is very labile, meaning it’s content within foods varies dependent on a few factors. Freshness, storage conditions and cooking preparation all play a role in vitamin C density, making it difficult to know how much you’re consuming daily. Even on the healthiest of diets may be lacking. This makes supplementation a good option if you’re looking to optimize your intake to take advantage of its many benefits for the body.
Best-known as the vitamin that can support a healthy immune system, vitamin C has long been studied and proven to relieve the severity and symptoms of cold and flu, along with reducing common cold duration.
It is also a powerful antioxidant, meaning vitamin C can reduce free radicals in the body and support collagen formation. This is good news for our skin which can age prematurely through oxidative damage and a reduction in collagen.
It helps to support the absorption of other essential nutrients in the body such as iron, helping to prevent a deficiency.
While we brush and floss our teeth for optimal dental hygiene, vitamin C plays a surprising role in our oral health, supporting gum health and healthy teeth.
If you’re considering supplementation, browse the Melrose range to find the best option for you. Our powder formats offer flexible dosage and are easy to fit into your lifestyle with both flavoured and flavour-free varieties.