Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential water-soluble vitamin. It is well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system but has many other functions. It aids in collagen production, which is crucial for skin, bone, and joint health. Additionally, it acts as a potent antioxidant, protecting our cells against oxidative stress.
The need to know
What are the benefits?
Essential for the formation of collagen in skin, hair & bones
Increases iron absorption
Normal Immune function and wound healing
Vitamin C is an essential immune system component, aiding the production and function of white blood cells, which fight off infections.
It is also involved in collagen synthesis, a protein that gives structure to our skin, hair, nails, bones, ligaments, and tendons.
As an antioxidant, Vitamin C neutralises harmful free radicals that can damage cellular structures. This antioxidant property promotes skin health by providing photoprotection and reducing photodamage. Vitamin C has also been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, enhancing the overall antioxidant defence system.
How will I know its working?
You may experience a bolstered immune response, leading to fewer infections. You might also notice improvements in skin health, including more radiant, resilient skin.
When to take it?
Take 1 tablet daily with food and water, unless specified otherwise on the sachet.
Serving Size 1 Vegetarian Capsule
Per Serving% Daily
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Unlike most animals, humans cannot synthesise vitamin C. As a result we have to get it from dietary sources.
Citrus fruits are often associated with vitamin C, but other excellent sources include strawberries, kiwis, bell peppers, and broccoli.
Corkscrew hairs form when vitamin C in the body is low. This is due to the abnormal collagen formation.
Publications you might find interesting
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The latest research
1. Carr, A.C., & Maggini, S. (2017). Vitamin C and Immune Function. Nutrients, 9(11), 1211.
2. Pullar, J. M., Carr, A. C., & Vissers, M. C. M. (2017). The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health. Nutrients, 9(8), 866.
3. Lykkesfeldt, J., & Tveden-Nyborg, P. (2019). The Pharmacokinetics of Vitamin C. Nutrients, 11(10), 2412.
4. Hemilä, H. (2017). Vitamin C and Infections. Nutrients, 9(4), 339.
5. Michels, A.J., Hagen, T.M., & Frei, B. (2013). Human Genetic Variation Influences Vitamin C Homeostasis by Altering Vitamin C Transport and Antioxidant Enzyme Function. Annual Review of Nutrition, 33, 45-70.
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