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Why Do We Need Vitamin C?

What are vitamins?

Vitamins are potent organic micronutrients which are essential for optimum health. They work in tandem with other nutrients in order to promote growth and maintain healthy bodily balance, whilst assisting in the regulation of normal metabolic functions and supporting processes that help obtain energy from foods.

Vitamin C is one of these fundamental micronutrients and has a variety of crucial functions.

What is Vitamin C used for?

Vitamin C is best known for offering support to our immune system, and playing an important role in protecting the body from infections such as colds and flu, but vitamin C has many other functions and benefits that you may not be aware of, some of which we’ve discussed below.

Acting as a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect cellular damage from harmful free radicals, which assists in prevention of many degenerative diseases including Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – a disease worsened by oxidative stress. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a painless eye condition that causes you to lose central vision, usually in both eyes and may lead to difficulty reading, colours appearing less vibrant and a difficulty in recognising people’s faces. Vitamin C plays an important role in delaying progression of this eye disease and vision loss and

Vitamin C is an essential element in the formation of collagen, which acts as an intercellular ‘binding’ material, important in the structure of muscles, bones, skin, tendons and ligaments. Without vitamin C collagen cannot bind together forming strong fibres, therefore the healing of wounds for example may be slower in people deficient in Vitamin C.

There are not many of us who can avoid stress in our lives, but did you know Vitamin C also plays a role in the way the body reacts to stress as it is involved in stress hormone metabolism? The adrenal glands (rich in vitamin C) secrete hormones called Cortisol and Noradrenaline in response to physical, emotional or psychological stress, which also causes the release of vitamin C, therefore maintaining adequate daily supply is important in managing stress and anxiety levels.

As you can see, vitamin C is an essential micronutrient necessary to maintain a healthy body by boosting the immune and nervous system, supporting bone, blood, and skin health and regulating stress levels. It is a water soluble vitamin, which means it is easily absorbed into the bloodstream, however as the body is unable to produce it, and storage is limited, an adequate daily supply is needed in the diet.

Where do I get Vitamin C from?

We always recommend that you source nutrients from food first, and the foods rich in vitamin C include:

  • Citrus fruits i.e. orange, lemons, limes, grapefruits
  • Blueberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, kiwis, vegetables (green leafy), peppers and potatoes.

Incorporating vitamin C rich foods daily as part of a wholesome diet is very important in achieving optimum health, but for those deficient or who are have high stress or exercise levels, our high dose Vitamin C supplement supplies a substantial 1000mg per capsule to help improve general good health, offer protection against disease and provide additional support during exercise.

Get 10% off all Vitamin C purchases using the code vitaminc10.

Thanks for reading and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about Vitamin C.

Katherine Lenderyou
Nutritionist BSc Hons; ANutr

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