So, you think you know everything you need to know about Vitamin C? I’m sure you know a lot like most of us, but in this blog I will share some facts and benefits of Vitamin C that you may not be aware of. Let’s dig in…
The Common Cold
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help your body ward off free radicals – those pesky germs. This is how Vitamin C got its reputation as a cold-fighting agent. Vitamin C can increase your blood antioxidant levels by up to 30%, making those free radicals really work at getting you sick by putting up a much better barrier than people who don’t consume Vitamin C on a regular basis.
This being said, it is a myth that Vitamin C can prevent the common cold. However, it has been shown to reduce the severity of colds and aid the recovery time by up to 8% in adults and 14% in children.
Vitamin C helps reduce the risk of heart diseases. Many factors increase the risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure, high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
So, how does Vitamin C help? Taking a vitamin C supplement significantly reduced “bad” LDL cholesterol by approximately 7.9 mg/dl and blood triglycerides by 20.1 mg/dl (Trusted Source). Vitamin C has also been shown to help lower blood pressure in those both with and without high blood pressure. One study found that taking a vitamin C supplement helped relax the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart, which helped reduce blood pressure levels (Trusted Source).
Vitamin C helps alleviate gout and gout pain. Gout is incredibly painful! Gout is a type of arthritis that affects approximately 4% of American adults (Trusted Source) and causes inflammation of the joints, especially those of the big toes.
What causes gout? Gout symptoms appear when there is too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a waste product produced by the body. At high levels, it may crystallize and deposit in the joints. Vitamin C-rich foods and supplements have been linked to reduced blood uric acid levels and lower risk of gout.
Are you anemic? Are you a vegetarian? Try upping your Vitamin C intake. Vitamin C supplements can help improve the absorption of iron from the diet. Vitamin C assists in converting iron that is poorly absorbed, such as plant-based sources of iron, into a form that is easier to absorb. This is especially useful for people on a meat-free diet, as meat is a major source of iron.
We touched on Vitamin C and it’s antioxidant properties, but let’s talk about how Vitamin C can help boost your immunity. Vitamin C does several things throughout the immune system.
First, vitamin C helps encourage the production of white blood cells which help protect the body against infections (Trusted Source).
Second, vitamin C helps these white blood cells function more effectively while protecting them from damage by potentially harmful molecules, such as free radicals.
Third, vitamin C is an essential part of the skin’s defense system. It is actively transported to the skin where it can act as an antioxidant and help strengthen the skin’s barriers. Studies have also shown that taking vitamin C may shorten wound healing time.
Dementia is a broad term used to describe symptoms of poor thinking and memory. Studies suggest that oxidative stress and inflammation near the brain, spine, and nerves can increase the risk of dementia.
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant. Low levels of this vitamin have been linked to an impaired ability to think and remember. Several studies have shown that people with dementia may have lower levels of vitamin C in the blood. High vitamin C intakes from food or supplements have been shown to have a protective effect on thinking and memory with age.
Hair and Skin
Did you know that Vitamin C is good for your skin and hair? Vitamin C stimulates collagen production improving the skin’s texture and quality and preventing hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C not only helps repair free radical damage, but it brightens the skin and helps fade dark spots. Yet another Vitamin C fact and benefit, it’s great for your skin!
Vitamin C is important for hair health because it is a necessary component to create the protein known as collagen. Remember when we talked about iron… Vitamin C also helps your body absorb non-heme iron, a necessary mineral for hair growth.
One of the most widely used supplements today is Vitamin C, but many of us don’t realize that it also plays a key role in our blood sugar levels. Vitamin C and glucose have a similar chemical structure. When both are high they compete with one another to enter the cells. If there’s more glucose around, less vitamin C will be allowed into the cells, creating a deficiency. Not only is it important to keep your C levels up, but it’s also just as crucial to keep your blood sugar levels stable with a low-glycemic diet.
A low blood level of vitamin C has been linked to having a higher BMI, body fat percentage, and waist circumference, compared to people with normal levels. And a study from Arizona State University found that vitamin C status might affect the body’s ability to use fat as a fuel source during both exercise and at rest. Another Vitamin C fact and benefit is potential weight loss.
How do you get it?
One of the most well-known vitamins is Vitamin C. Orally the gut can absorb up to 1,000 mg per hour. It is irritating to the digestive tract and can cause diarrhea when intake is more than the body can use so most people have to increase their daily dose slowly over time. Ask your doctor about how to comfortably achieve optimal oral doses of vitamin C daily intake.
There’s a limit to how much vitamin C your body can absorb at once via the oral route. However, your body can absorb the full dose of vitamin C when administered via an injection. Injection of Vitamin C are available at Aura Body. You will be in and out in less than 15 minutes.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these surprising facts and benefits of Vitamin C. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of all the benefits of Vitamin C now that you know even more?! Call us today or book online to schedule your appointment.