The Super Antioxidant – The 5 Benefits of Vitamin C

Dr. Liau
Dr. Liau

Functional Medicine

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient, meaning it must come from the foods we eat or the supplements we take. It’s widely recognized for its antioxidant properties, combatting free radicals, immune functioning, and so much more. Vitamin C has been a very hot topic because of its ample ability to help support the immune system, prevent infections such as viruses, and ward off the common cold. But that’s not all that vitamin C is capable of.

  • Boost Immunity

The role of vitamin C in supporting the immune system has long been known. First, vitamin C helps encourage the production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes, which help protect the body against infection. Second, vitamin C helps these white blood cells function more effectively while protecting them from damage by potentially harmful molecules, such as free radicals. Studies have also shown that taking vitamin C may shorten wound healing time.

  • Improve Heart and Brain Health

Vitamin C intake (via diet or supplements) may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease by about 25%. Any form of vitamin C supplement improves endothelial function, as well as ejection fraction. Ejection fraction defines “the percentage of blood that is pumped (or ejected) out of the ventricles” when the heart contracts on every beat. Together, these results suggest that vitamin C may play an important part in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the improvement of heart health.

  • Protects Memory as You Age

Oxidative stress and inflammation near the brain, spine, and nerves (altogether known as the central nervous system) 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. Furthermore, high vitamin C intake from food or supplements has been shown to have a protective effect on thinking and memory as you age.

  • Wound Healing

The skin has numerous essential functions, the primary of which is to act as a barrier against external. Skin contains millimolar concentrations of vitamin C, with higher levels found in the epidermis than the dermis. Vitamin C has crucial functions within the skin. Clues to the role of vitamin C in the skin come from the symptoms of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy, which is characterized by bleeding gums, bruising, and impaired wound healing. Humans (using both dietary and gram doses of vitamin C) have shown enhanced vitamin C uptake into skin cells. The elevated antioxidant status of the skin following vitamin C supplementation could potentially protect against oxidative stress induced by environmental pollutants.

  • Prevention of Iron Deficiency

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. In fact, simply consuming 100 mg of vitamin C may improve iron absorption by 67%. As a result, vitamin C may help reduce the risk of anaemia among people prone to iron deficiency. If you have low iron levels, consuming more vitamin-C-rich foods or taking a vitamin C supplement may help improve your blood iron levels.

It is recommended to eat more Vitamin C Rich Food such as:

Bell peppers, thyme, parsley, spinach, kale, broccoli, kiwi, and acerola cherries.

In addition, supplements with Vitamin C

We can increase oral bioavailability and optimize our plasma vitamin C levels by consuming vitamin C in a liposomal form. Liposomes are lipid particles that can encapsulate water-soluble particles such as vitamin C. They act as vehicles for transporting substances into the body efficiently and effectively, by facilitating absorption directly in the mouth, and bypassing breakdown by stomach acid.

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