We all learn about our Vitamin ABCs – important organic molecules that our bodies need in order to perform vital functions. Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, isn’t produced endogenously. So, we have to obtain it from food and/or supplements.
Shiver Me Timbers – Hand Over the Vitamin C Gummies
A lack of Vitamin C can lead to scurvy – the disease of the age of discovery. Voyagers would spend months at sea without fresh fruit and vegetables. Think teeth falling out, gums blackening, bones atrophying, wounds opening… Luckily, nowadays, we have access to a balanced diet where we can nourish ourselves with all the right amounts of vitamins.
Vitamin C can be found in:
- Citrus fruits- especially and most famously in oranges
- Berries/currants- strawberries and blackcurrants are best
- Veggies- broccoli, potatoes and sprouts are excellent sources
- Supplements- vitamin gummies, capsules, tablets, powders, liquids and sprays
The 7 Benefits
- Reduces Your Risk of Diseases
Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants. These wonderous compounds target and counteract the cell-damaging destruction of free radicals. This means that your body’s defences will be up, and this key vitamin could prevent chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
- The Possibility to Help Manage High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure or hypertension is a common ailment that causes your blood to push up high against your artery walls, eventually leading to heart disease. There are many reasons as to why people have high blood pressure, including, being overweight, certain medication, eating too much salt, not enough exercise etc. Vitamin C may help to lower your blood pressure and its diuretic properties which remove excess fluid could decrease the pressure within your blood vessels.
- Synthesises Collagen
Collagen is a structural protein that is essential for the promotion of healthy skin, hair, nails and connective tissues. Sufficient levels of Vitamin C are crucial for collagen production. As well as giving us that lovely glow, collagen can help to heal wounds too.
- Boosts Immunity
Vitamin C is a serious warrior vitamin that supports the immune system by slaying oxidative stress, killing microbes and eradicating the potential of tissue damage. That’s why many reach for the oranges and tablets at the first sign of the sniffles.
- Brain Enhancement
Stimulating our neurotransmitters and protecting cognitive function is necessary to ensure that our brains stay healthy. Those with low levels of Vitamin C have been linked to impaired memory and the ability to think, whereas those who have the right levels are associated with increased brain function.
- Awesome Absorption
It’s all very well and good taking these vitamins and minerals but our bodies have to absorb them correctly too! Vitamin C when teamed with certain irons can lead to a heightened absorption of other irons that the body would otherwise have a hard time soaking up.
- Eye protection
Cue those antioxidants again! The richness of Vitamin C just doesn’t run out and it may mean that you can reduce your chances of cataracts and slow down the advancement of AMD (macular degeneration).
To sum up, Vitamin C is a highly beneficial molecule that can really help to better your health in general.
So chew those gummies, slice up those oranges and add in those veggies.
Feel free to contact us here at GreenBox to ask us any questions you may have about Vitamin C and its supplements.