What's all the hype around vitamin C? Well let us tell you!
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for health that is well known for its cold and flu fighting abilities and antioxidant effects.
As it is essential, this means we need to get it from our diet or supplement form because our body does not produce it, unlike many other mammals.
What are the benefits and uses of vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that has the ability to destroy all virus organisms. In order to kill viruses higher doses of vitamin C are typically required. Vitamin C can help to boost both the innate and adaptive immune system by activating neutrophils (white blood cells), stimulating interferon and antibody production in the body, and protecting against oxidative damage (1). Vitamin C may help to prevent and treat infections while also shortening the duration of the common cold or flu (2).
Vitamin C is also a major player in the formation of collagen (the most abundant protein in the body that makes up our connective tissue) and its antioxidant properties can help combat signs of aging such as wrinkles as well as sun damage (3). Collagen is basically the glue that holds your tissues together and is found in the skin, bone, joints, and blood vessels. As a result, healthy amounts of vitamin C can support healthy looking hair, skin, and nails.
Vitamin C is also necessary for wound healing as it increases the proliferation and migration of dermal fibroblasts (4).
Vitamin C is an important nutrient for the detoxification pathways of the liver to function optimally as it helps to protect enzymes and tissues from damage created during the detoxification process.
The adrenal glands love vitamin C as they are among the organs with the highest concentration of vitamin C in the body (5). The more cortisol is secreted the more the adrenals rely on vitamin C. Which means during times of high or prolonged stress, vitamin C will be vital. Your body's stress response relies on it!
Because vitamin C is water soluble, we rely on a regular intake of this vitamin and it should be consumed throughout the day, particularly if you are stressed or fighting any infections.
Where can you find vitamin C?
Vitamin C is only found in plant foods and is found in the highest amount in raw fruits and vegetables as it is unstable when cooked.
Our need for vitamin C increases during periods of higher stress, medications, pollution, poor diet, and smoking.
You can also supplement vitamin C however it is best absorbed and utilized when combined with flavonoids, as it is found in nature.
This is why SISU Ester-C® provides a unique form of vitamin C combined with antioxidant bioflavonoids from citrus fruits.
Ester-C® is a unique and patented form of calcium ascorbate created when ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is buffered with calcium.
This form of vitamin C has been proven to last up to 24 hours in the white blood cells of the immune system.
People wanting a clinically proven form that is easier on the system than ascorbic acid may choose a form like Ester-C® brand calcium ascorbate.
About the Author
Laurence Annez is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Health Coach, specializing in PCOS and women's hormones. She also holds a degree in Creative Writing and has extensive experience writing on health and wellness topics. Laurence's mission is to inspire and motivate individuals to take control of their own health and reach their ultimate health goals.