Also known as Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin C is one of 12 water-soluble vitamins that your body is unable to store for later use.
It is really important to ensure you and your family are getting enough of this essential vitamin from your daily diet.
A major player in regard to the integrity, structure and function of the immune system, Vitamin C helps protect your body and mind from infection, disease, stress including nervous break down.
Vitamin C Deficiency
A Little Bit of History
Vitamin C played a major role in the treatment of Scurvy which effected thousands of sailors between the 16th and 18th century.
It is a serious condition which leads to easy bruising and bleeding, lethargy, muscle weakness, chronic gum disease and skin problems.
Scurvy was caused by a gross vitamin C deficiency mostly due to diet and the lack of citrus fruits and fresh vegetables. (a factor they did not understand time)
It was in 1747 whilst at sea a Scottish naval physician James Lind was able to conduct an experiment using 3 groups of sailors.
This meant he was able to physically demonstrate that eating citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes prevented, treated and cured scurvy.
What Are The Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C has so many lead roles and functions that the benefits are endless, here I list just a few, starting with the most beneficial to you, your immune system and general overall health.
- When you need to give your immune system a good boost vitamin C has to be one of the first supplement you go for. As a powerful antioxidant it boosts your immune system by defending your body from free radicals that damage cells.
- Vitamin C also plays a crucial role in the physiology of the nervous system by regulating and supporting your mood and emotions.
- Collagen is a protein in of which there are 16 types, however the collagen in your body is either type 1, 2 or 3. Types 1 and 3 are located in your organs, bone, skin, ligaments and tendons. Type 2 is located in the cartilage around the joints of your body because of this supplements are vigorously used in the treatment of arthritis.
I Wouldn’t Be Without My Vitamin C
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Sometimes we all need an extra boost depending on circumstance, I myself have been taken a daily supplement of vitamin C for the past year.
I still ensure I maintain a healthy balanced diet making sure I also get the vitamins and minerals I need from what I eat and drink.
Supplements are just that, supplements, they are not meant to replace meals but to compliment your diet adding that extra layer of security, ensuring you provide your amazing body with everything it needs.
The benefits are so worth it, I’ve noticed my joints and lower back don’t trouble me as much dealing with past British winters.
My hair has grown thicker (it was really starting to thin out, from the hairline too), my nails are stronger and longer than they ever have before.
I’ve had no colds, flu, the dreaded COVID 19 or any other illness or disease, so far, touch wood. (Mitch touches head X:-).
2020 was such an awful year I felt I needed to find natural ways to keep my physical health, my stress levels, energy and sanity in check.
I also take other vitamins and minerals which I will soon be posting more about, I take this Vitamin C supplement, works great for me and at 54 its really needed, believe me.
Now Lets Get Back to the Benefits.
- Supports eye health, specifically that of the corneas in your eyes due to its powerful antioxidant and wound healing properties.
- Enables easier absorption of iron from plant based foods, a crucial mineral needed in the manufacture and production processes of red blood cells.
- Along with other vitamins such as B12, vitamin C assists and influences the function of lipid metabolism and cholesterol decrease.
- Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that prevents and neutralizes unstable molecules and radicals. These are major contributors to cell damage particularly the skin. (including, but not limited to the onset and process of old age, making it another fantastic addition to Mother Natures make up bag)
Vitamin C Deficiencies
A lack of vitamin C in your body weakens the immune system drastically and can cause a condition called anemia which hinders the body’s ability to absorb iron from food.
A lack of this essential nutrient can also causes gum disease, serious tooth decay along with slow, poor wound healing, joint pain, depression accompanied by a lack of energy, focus and concentration.
Research has shown Vitamin C may also lower the risk of some cancers particularly those of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and breast.
Using supplements over time may also protect your eyes against cataracts.
Best Food Source
Thankfully Scurvy and most Vitamin C deficiencies are rare nowadays due to the easy access of a wide and varied range of fruit and vegetables we have at our disposal.
Just be sure you are getting enough from your diet, either top up on your next shopping trip or you may want to consider supplementing your diet like me.
Here are just a few:
- fruits (especially citrus)
- fruit juice
- bell peppers
- brussels sprouts
As I’m sure you will agree Vitamin C is indeed an essential vitamin and in so many ways.
Its not just your physical body that you need to look after and pay attention to, but also your stress levels, emotions and moods.
2020 was not an easy year by any measure, what with the COVID 19 pandemic, lock down’s, home and job losses and protests, brutality, fake news and alternative truths.
2021 hasn’t really started any better, we have all witnessed the awful riots at the Capitol in Washington DC on January 6th and across the United States.
The future looks uncertain and as you move forward into the new year you will be faced more difficult challenges that you will have to overcome.
Looking after you has to be priority so that you are physical and mentally prepared for what may come in this very different world.
Look after your body, after all it is a temple, ensure you take great care of your immune system as it is the best line of defense you have at your intimidate disposal.
Immune System Explained wishes you the very best health in 2021 & hope to see you again soon.
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*If your have any underlying health conditions taking prescribed medication or your are already taking supplements your should always seek medical advice.
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*Please note the information contained in this post is intended for the purpose of general information and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals.