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The Surprise Benefits of Vitamin C

Posted May 10, 2021

When most of us think of Vitamin C we think it is good for strengthening immune system. Some of you might be surprised to learn this wonder and essential vitamin has lots of other impressive benefits as well. It can help with cardiovascular disease, skin health, ocular disease, diabetes and cognitive health.

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin and something your body does not make so you must get this from diet and supplements. It is water-soluble so it will not get stored up in your body. This makes it crucial to eat Vitamin C rich foods daily or take a supplement.

Foods rich in C include citrus fruits, green peppers, red peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnip, Indian gooseberry and other leafy vegetables. 

Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should consider a daily dose:

Stress Management: Vitamin C is naturally highest in our stress glands (the adrenal glands). Research suggests stress and especially cortisol can deplete our vitamin C stores within just 20 minutes, so regular intake during the day is certainly a wise choice. Studies have also been found to report that Vitamin C might impact mood. Those deficient showed some uptake in mood when levels were increased.

Collagen Boosting: Studies show it is essential for the synthesis of collagen, the building block of all connective tissues (skin, blood vessels, tendons, joint cartilage and bone). As such, vitamin C is essential for wound healing, capillary health and an important addition to my surgery healing protocol. Beyond helping collagen in the skin, it is also a potent antioxidant to combat wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin :). Have you noticed lately that so many face products are touting the benefits of Vitamin C? Now you know why! When taking a collagen supplement we always recommend one with Vitamin C to help with the absorption. Recent studies suggested that vitamin C (ascorbic acid) may be a viable supplement to enhance collagen synthesis and soft tissue healing.

Bowel Detox: We absorb vitamin C in the upper part of the intestine. Unabsorbed vitamin C continues into the lower bowel, and if present in an excessive amount, it can improve bowel regularity or even encourage a bowel “detox” flush. This makes vitamin C one of my favorite remedies to treat and prevent constipation, and I recommend a high dose powdered vitamin C supplement for this purpose. I suggest 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp in a small amount of water before bed. Another benefit of using this formula is a nice dose of electrolytes (potassium, magnesium and calcium). Moderate to high doses have been shown to lower risk of hypertension and atherosclerosis.   These minerals also help maintain pH balance, important while you sleep as your body completes metabolic processes during night-time repair. 

Weightloss: although taking Vitamin C has not been proven to increase fat-loss it can help you if you are trying to lose weight. Fibrous foods high in vitamin C eaten daily will fill you up for longer and provide the satisfied feeling and therefore will deter you from overeating. To lose weight you must consume less and eating these foods will help!

Food sources:

Citrus fruits, green peppers, red peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, turnip, Indian gooseberry and other leafy vegetables. 

Research studies

Vitamin C in dermatology

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/

Efficacy of Vitamin C Supplementation on Collagen Synthesis and Oxidative Stress After Musculoskeletal Injuries: A Systematic Review

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6204628/

Vitamin C in Disease Prevention and Cure: An Overview

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3783921/

Supplementation of Vitamin C Reduces Blood Glucose and Improves Glycosylated Hemoglobin in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Randomized, Double-Blind Study

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3254006/

IV Vitamin Therapy

We offer vitamin therapy at my clinic and this is also a way you can increase Vitamin C. If interested please contact us for more information.

I was recently interviewed by Women’s World about the benefits of Vitamin C. Read the article below.

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