What Is Vitamin C & What Does It Do?

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Also known as Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin C is one of 12 water-soluble vitamins that your body cannot store for later use.

So it’s essential to ensure you and your family are getting enough of this vital vitamin from your diet on a daily basis.

In this post, I give you a brief history of how vitamin C was first identified as being a vitamin and an essential one at that.

I’ll discuss some of the many benefits vitamin C has, and what signs to look out for, that may indicate a deficiency.

We’ll also have a look at some research and foods guaranteed to give you that extra needed boost of vitamin C daily.

Below I have highlighted the important bits for you, just in case your schedule is tight.

Click the link you want to start with or by all means, continue on.

A significant player regarding the integrity, structure and function of the immune system, Vitamin C helps protect the body and mind from infection, disease, stress, including nervous breakdown.

A Little Bit of History

Vitamin C played a significant role in the treatment of Scurvy which affected thousands of sailors between the 16th and 18th centuries.

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It is a severe condition that leads to easy bruising and bleeding, lethargy, muscle weakness, chronic gum disease and skin problems.

Scurvy resulted in gross vitamin C deficiency due to diet and the lack of citrus fruits and fresh vegetables. (a factor they did not understand time)

In 1747, whilst at sea, a Scottish naval physician James Lind conducted an experiment using three sailors groups.

James Lind physically demonstrated 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.

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Vitamin C & Vitamin D3 are the two Sunshine vitamins.
  • When you need to give your immune system a good boost, vitamin C must be one of the first supplements you consider first.  It boosts your immune system by defending your body from free radicals that damage cells as a powerful antioxidant.
  • Vitamin C also plays a crucial role in the nervous system’s physiology by regulating and supporting your mood and emotions.

Collagen

Collagen is a protein in which there are 16 types; however, the collagen in your body is either type 1, 2 or 3.

Types 1 and 3 is found in your organs, bone, skin, ligaments and tendons.

Type 2 is found in the cartilage around the joints of your body.

Because of this, vitamin C supplement is used in the treatment of arthritis.

I Wouldn’t Be Without My Vitamin C

Sometimes we all need an extra boost depending on circumstance; I have been taking a daily supplement of vitamin C for the past two years.

I still ensure I maintain a healthy balanced diet so that I also get all the vitamins and minerals I can from what I eat and drink.

Supplements are just that, supplements; they are not meant to replace meals but complement your diet, adding that extra layer of security, ensuring you provide your body with everything it needs.

Let’s Get Back to the Benefits

  • Supports eye health, precisely 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 helps and influences lipid metabolism and cholesterol decrease.
  • Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that prevents and neutralises unstable molecules and radicals. These are significant 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 Nature’s make up bag)
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Vitamin C helps keep wrinkles, cells and the onset of old age at bay.

Vitamin C Deficiency

A lack of vitamin C in your body weakens the immune system drastically and can cause a condition called anaemia which hinders the body’s ability to absorb iron from food.

A lack of this essential nutrient can also cause gum disease, severe tooth decay, slow, poor wound healing, joint pain, depression accompanied by a lack of energy, focus, and concentration.

Research

Research has shown Vitamin C may also lower the risk of some cancers, particularly those of the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, and breast.

Using supplements over time may also protect your eyes against cataracts.

Best Food Source

Super foods packed with Vitamin C goodness.

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; top up on your next shopping trip, or you may want to consider supplementing your diet like me.

Here are just a few suggestions: 

  • fruits  (especially citrus, oranges, lemons, limes)
  • fruit juice (especially citrus)
  • potatoes
  • broccoli
  • bell peppers
  • spinach
  • strawberries
  • tomatoes
  • brussels sprouts

My Thoughts

As I’m sure you will agree, Vitamin C is indeed an essential vitamin and in so many ways.

It’s not just your physical body that you need to look after, but also your stress levels, emotions and moods.

These past few years have not been easy by any measure, looking after you has to be a priority, looking after your immune system is the best line of defence you have.

If you have any underlying health conditions taking prescribed medication or are already taking supplements, you should always seek medical advice when introducing any new vitamin or mineral supplement into your diet.

*Please note the information contained in this post is intended for general information and should not be used as a substitute for healthcare professionals’ expertise and judgment.

4 thoughts on “What Is Vitamin C & What Does It Do?

  1. She says:

    Great info ? I’ve been thinking about taking vitimin C and this has given me some good information on the benefits that I didn’t even realise. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Mitch says:

      Hi She??‍♀️

      Great to see you again, yes Vitamin C is such an important vitamin as with them all really.

      I’ve learnt so much about all the different vitamins and minerals, there are over 30 and all are essential to the immune system and overall health.

      They are also essential additions to Mother Natures make up bag ?

      Do you currently take any vitamins She?

      It would be great to hear what they are and whether you are seeing or feeling the benefits.

      I intend to get lots more info posted so please, keep a look out for those and visit again soon.

      Wishing You The Very Best 2021

      Mitch X:-).

      Reply
  2. Mark says:

    Vitamin C is now something I take daily thanks to the info on your site!

    It has so many brilliant health benefits that we all need!! –

    Great article again!

    Reply
    1. Mitch says:

      Fantastic ??

      Great stuff, You will begin to feel so much better for it, your Immune System if it could, would thank you.

      I make sure I take mine too, the benefits are priceless, especially in these cold winter months, helps ward colds and all those other nasty germs and bugs out there.

      Keeps your mood up too, we could all use la boost in that department at the moment, Vitamin C is another one of the amazing sunshine vitamins. (D3 being the other).

      I hope you get to feel the benefits soon, please keep in touch let me know how it goes.

      Mitch X:-).

      Reply

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