VITAMIN C: FOR SKIN, IMMUNITY AND BRAIN FUNCTION
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a vital nutrient for health, it helps form and maintain bones, healthy skin, blood vessels and cartilage. It is also an antioxidant. According to the NHS, Vitamin C also plays a significant role in healing wounds, protecting cells and keeping them healthy:
- It helps the body produce collagen.
- It is an antioxidant that protects against cell damage caused by oxidative stress (e.g. excessive exercise and tissue trauma)
- It helps the body absorb iron, a mineral our body uses to make red blood cells which carry oxygen to all parts of our body.
- It boosts the immune system which protects us from viruses and more.
- It enhances wound healing.
- It reduces dementia risk. Low vitamin C levels have been linked to an increased risk of memory and thinking disorders like dementia, while a high intake of vitamin C has been shown to have a protective effect on thinking and memory as you age.
Because Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, it cannot be stored in the body and must be obtained from the diet or supplements. The EU recommended daily intake (NRV) for vitamin C is 80mg.
- 1. May reduce risk of chronic disease
- 2. May help manage high blood pressure
- 3. May lower heart disease risk factors
- 4. May reduce blood uric acid levels and help prevent gout
- 5. Helps prevent iron deficiency
- 6. Boosts immunity
- 7. Protects your memory and thinking as you age
Below we examine why taking collagen and Vitamin C together will likely boost your skin, joint and bone health even more than if you just took one of the supplements on its own.
- Studies have shown that vitamin C enhances collagen synthesis, which may have an anti-ageing effect and Vitamin C assists in antioxidant protection of the skin against UV-induced damage.
One of the most compelling arguments for a vital role for vitamin C in skin health is the association between vitamin C deficiency and the loss of a number of important skin functions. In particular, poor wound healing (associated with collagen formation). Taking vitamin C with collagen may speed up healing. When we are deficient in vitamin C, the collagen produced by fibroblasts is unstable, so tissue repair is less efficient and wounds take longer to heal.
- Studies have also shown that taking Collagen with Vitamin C (which plays an essential role in collagen synthesis in our bodies) helps maintain healthy cartilage (the tissue that covers the surface of our joints, protecting them from wear and tear) and helps with the healing of tendons bone and ligament grafts
- Studies relating to fracture healing have shown that taking a vitamin C supplement may help speed up bone healing following a fracture, increase collagen synthesis, and reduce oxidative stress in the body.
The bottom line: Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that must be obtained from the diet or supplements.
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