We often focus on Vitamin C during the winter months, as it is well known to be helpful in warding off colds and cold germs – but is that all it’s good for?
Definitely not! Vitamin C has benefits throughout the year – not just in the cold weather, and we wanted to share some of them here with you.
What does Vitamin C do?
Vitamin C does benefit your immune system – which is why it’s recognised as being helpful during “colds season” – there are research papers that show that taking Vitamin C can reduce the rate of colds in active people, as well as shortening the length of any colds that are caught.
Vitamin C also boosts the amount of collagen in our skin – and if you’ve read our blog post about skincare routines, you’ll know what an important part collagen plays in keeping your skin wrinkle free.
Vitamin C helps to grow and repair the tissue within the human body and can also help to absorb iron into your body, from plant sources.
It is a powerful antioxidant, and has even more benefits when you look at the heart and arteries – as vitamin C can reduce the furring of the arteries, which is what causes heart failure.
Wow – Pretty powerful stuff, isn’t it? But,
How much Vitamin C do we need?
Adults need at least 40mg of Vitamin C each day – and it is found in every day foods, such as broccoli, blackcurrants, peppers (red & green), strawberries, oranges… but if you don’t eat a diet that is rich in these fruit & vegetable items, you can rest easy because we have a couple of products that make it easy for you to get enough of this vital vitamin into your body without changing your eating habits.
Is it really that easy?
Vitamin C can’t be stored within the human body, so it’s important that your intake is regular and consistent to get a full benefit for you- we have a timed release Vitamin C product which is taken once a day, but releases the Vitamin into your body in doses throughout the day without any additional intervention on your part.
What If you have a lack of vitamin C?
If you don’t get an adequate amount of vitamin C into your body, then along with the increased likelihood of colds and slower cell repair, a deficiency or lack of vitamin C can cause scurvy – it causes skin problems, anaemia, gum disease and general fatigue – and although it is quite rare in modern medicine, it is still being diagnosed.