What’s so special about the anti-oxidant Vitamin C then?
When you are experiencing stress Vitamin C is used up rapidly! Our adrenal glands that produce adrenaline and cortisol during times of stress rely upon Vitamin C to function.
Every breath you take
Oxygen gets transported around the body in your red blood cells. Vitamin C promotes the absorption of iron by the body which in turn supports the transportation of oxygen in the red blood cells around the body. This supports the body to carry out its part in keeping you alive and well. Vitamin C also helps the cells in the body to create energy.
Helping regulate cholesterol
Vitamin C can help regulate cholesterol and can support lowering of blood pressure.
Helping produce Collagen
Collagen is the protein that helps wounds to heal. Collagen also supports the health of your skin, tendons, ligaments, bones, teeth and blood vessels. Collagen is used by the body to grow and repair body-tissue cells and Vitamin C, as mentioned above, promotes the absorption of iron and iron is used in the production of Collagen.
Supports your immune system
Vitamin C helps stimulate the production of white blood cells. White blood cells are an essential part of the body’s immune system, guarding us against attacks from allergens and infections. Vitamin C can help lessen the symptoms and duration of colds. It also has anti-histamine properties which can help control inflammation levels.
Vitamin C is involved in the production of hormones in the body and so is important in helping keep you balanced.
Signs of sub-optimal Vitamin C can include:
A lower resistance to stress and stress-related disorders
leading to increased susceptibility to infections such as colds and flu. Or more severely, irritability and mood changes which could lead to more serious illnesses.
Fatigue or lack of appetite
due to sub-optimal energy production which could also led to sub-optimal stamina levels and give you muscle pain or soreness.
Skin disorders and gum infections
Dry or wrinkled skin and wounds that take a long time to heal. Swollen and bleeding gums, loose teeth or loss of a tooth, nose bleeds and skin that may bruise easily.
Foods rich in Vitamin C include: Green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, tomatoes, kiwi fruit, sweet potatoes, parsley, peas, peppers, soft fruits such as raspberries.
The recommended daily amount for an adult is thought to be 1000mg BUT consuming too much could interfere with the body’s ability to absorb copper and selenium.
IF YOU ARE TAKING MEDICATION YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH A NATUROPATHIC NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST OR YOUR GP BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO START TAKING SUPPLEMENTS (OF ANY TYPE!).
If you are wondering whether there is anything you can do to further optimise your wellbeing or you are experiencing any of the symptom mentioned above, the WELLBEING 360 Plus could be your next step on your personalised wellbeing journey.
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