So you’ve heard about Vitamin C and that it’s important for the body but why so?
Every breath you take,
the oxygen gets transported around the body in your red blood cells. Vitamin C promotes the absorption of iron which in turn supports the transportation of your oxygen around the body so the body can carry out its necessary functions to keep you alive and healthy. It also helps the cells in the body to create energy.
Helping produce Collagen
which is the protein that helps wounds to heal and it supports the health of your skin, tendons, ligaments, bones, teeth and blood vessels. Collagen is what the body uses to grow and repair body-tissue cells and so without Vitamin C this process would be hampered. This again is linked to the absorption of iron that is helped by Vitamin C.
Supports your immune system
Vitamin C helps stimulate the production of white blood cells which are an essential part of the body’s immune system, guarding us against attacks from allergens and infections. It can help lessen the symptoms and duration of colds and it also has anti-histamine properties which help to control inflammation levels.
Vitamin C is involved in the production of hormones in the body and so is important in helping keep you in balance. When you are stressed Vitamin C is rapidly used up as our adrenal glands rely upon it to function and during stressful times the adrenal glands produce adrenaline and cortisol.
Signs of Vitamin C deficiency can include:
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 bruises easily
Fatigue or lack of appetite
due to decreased energy production which could also decrease stamina levels and give you muscle pain or soreness.
A lower resistance to stress and stress-related disorders
leading to increased susceptibility to infections such as colds and flu. Or more severely, being irritable and mood changes leading to depression.
The optimal 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.