Vitamin C and its benefits to the body
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient that plays many important roles in the body important for good health. In particular, it’s an important component of collagen, our body’s fundamental structure. We do not have the ability to make vitamin C so it must be obtained through our diet. Below are some of the key areas of the body that are affected by vitamin C from head to toe.
- All cells – Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes from free radical damage. It also has the ability to regenerate other antioxidants such as vitamin E. Free radicals may be generated through normal metabolism or through exposure to external toxins and pollutants, and in excess, can lead to numerous health problems.
- Skin – Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen, one of the key building blocks of our skin. Our body is continuously producing collagen to maintain and repair tissues damaged due to wear and tear.1 Vitamin C may therefore help to maintain healthy skin as well as assist with minor wound healing and tissue repair.
- Teeth and gums – Collagen is also an important structural component of our teeth and gums, and as such, vitamin C may contribute to their health.
- Immune – Vitamin C plays a significant role in immune health; it’s been shown to stimulate the production and function of white blood cells in the body especially neutrophils, lymphocytes and phagocytes. Vitamin C may aid in the management of upper respiratory tract infections and reduce the severity and frequency of colds. In addition, vitamin C may assist with allergies including hayfever and provide relief from allergy symptoms.
- Bones – Our bones consist of a large amount of collagen and therefore vitamin C may help maintain the integrity of bone tissue.
- Joints – Vitamin C assists in the development and maintenance of cartilage, which is a type of tough flexible connective tissue, made up of collagen, protein and sugar. Cartilage acts as a shock absorber between bone ends at a joint and is also found in the nose and ears.2
- Blood and blood vessels – Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron, which is required for the maintenance of normal blood, and is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin which transports oxygen to the body’s tissues. Collagen is an important structural component of blood vessels and consequently vitamin C may assist in maintaining blood vessel strength.
To support your immune function, relieve the symptoms of a cold, allergy or mild upper respiratory tract complaint, assist with skin tissue repair or support the maintenance of healthy bones, cartilage or teeth you may like to consider Nature’s OwnTM Non‐Acidic Vitamin C. This formula contains highstrength vitamin C that is non‐acidic and therefore suitable for sensitive stomachs.
Published March 13, 2014