Everything you need to know about vitamin C

-Aug 27, Jenny Paul, Nutrition -

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that helps your skin’s health, while also stimulating your immune system and fighting off tiredness. We’ve included this master nutrient in Lumity’s multi-tasking Day and Night formula. Here’s why.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid ) an essential nutrient

As an antioxidant, vitamin C is important in protecting the body against the damage caused by free radicals. 

It acts as a detoxifier and may reduce the side effects of certain drugs and it could also reduce the toxicity of heavy metals lead, mercury and arsenic.

What is vitamin C and what is it used for? 

Vitamin C was first isolated from lemons in 1932. However, the scourge of scurvy, vitamin C deficiency, has been recognised for thousands of years. 

It was described by Aristotle in 450 B.C. as a syndrome characterized by a lack of energy, gum inflammation, tooth decay and bleeding problems. 

In the 1700s, high percentages of sailors died from scurvy until it was discovered that the juice of lemons could cure and prevent this deadly disease. British navy ships started carrying limes from the West Indies to maintain the sailors’ health.

Vitamin C is vital in the production and maintenance of collagen, an important structural component of skin, ligaments, cartilage, vertebral discs, joint linings, capillary walls, teeth and bone. 

Collagen gives support and shape to the body, helps wounds heal and maintains healthy blood vessels.

Vitamin C aids in the metabolism of tyrosine, folic acid and tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted in the presence of ascorbic acid to serotonin, an important brain chemical. 

Vitamin C helps folic acid convert to its active form and tyrosine needs vitamin C to form the neurotransmitter substances dopamine and epinephrine. 

Which foods contain vitamin C?

If you’d like to increase your vitamin C intake there are plenty of foods which contain high sources of this nutrient. 

“Leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach and cabbage as well as broccoli and brussell sprouts are all packed with vitamin C,” says Naomi Buff who is a holistic nutritional wellness coach. 

“Red and green peppers also contain high amounts of vitamin C. 

“Then there’s fruit like mango, pineapple, kiwi and papaya which are all loaded with vitamin C.  

“You could easily drink your entire daily requirement of vitamin C by whizzing up a green smoothie in your blender.”

She adds: “You could simply have a bowl of fruit as dessert with your evening meal. Have a side of steamed green vegetables whenever you can.”

What are the benefits of vitamin C? 

Vitamin C aids in thyroid hormone production, thus supporting healthy energy-yielding metabolism and reducing tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin C also stimulates adrenal function and increases the body’s ability to cope with stress.

Vitamin C has been shown to stimulate the immune system by boosting the activity of white blood cells and increasing interferon production, thus helping prevent and treat a wide range of viral, bacterial and fungal infections.

Water-soluble vitamins (vitamins B and C) are not sufficiently stored in the body and, therefore, regular integration is required.

FAQ: What is the recommended dosage for Vitamin C? 

Lumity’s day and night capsules will give you 12mg of vitamin C. This is 15% of your RDA which is 75 mg a day for women. 

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