Vitamin C is usually taken with the intention of avoiding the cold and flu season, but what else does it do? Turns out vitamin C is more important in the proper functioning of your body than you imagined. From the common cold to collagen production, Vitamins C will surprise you with all the benefits it provides. Could it be possibly be true that an orange a day will keep the wrinkles at bay?
Vitamin C, otherwise known as ascorbic acid, is a water soluble vitamin that is unable to be synthesized or stored efficiently in the body, meaning it can only be obtained through dietary intake [i]. Vitamin C is necessary for the growth and repair of connective tissues all throughout the body. Skin, tendons, cartridge, ligaments and blood vessels all need vitamin C in order to function and heal properly [ii]. This is because vitamin C is essential in the biosynthesis of collagen [iii]. Collagen, of course, is a critical protein in all connective tissues. Collagen keeps the tissue strong and flexible, and able to withstand all the challenges we put our body through each day.
Vitamin C has several other surprising health benefits, including its association with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C has been shown to slow arterial degeneration around the heart, keeping the arteries to the heart strong and flexible and free from cholesterol and plaque buildup. Both of these symptoms can result in cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) [iv].
Vitamin C’s necessary involvement in collagen production for healthy cartridge also gives it strong ties to osteoarthritis prevention. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage is destroyed through overuse and pressure on the bones and joints. Healthy collagen production levels enable the body to build and maintain strong and flexible cartilage, reducing the likelihood of an osteoarthritis diagnosis [v].
Numerous studies have been conducted worldwide into the effects of vitamin C on asthma with results linking adequate intake with reduced risk of asthma attacks and flare ups. Short term results have shown that vitamin C consumption can prevent or reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack or flare up [vi]. It is predicted that the results are due to vitamin C’s benefits on cardiovascular health, allowing the pulmonary system [vii], which is responsible for transporting oxygenated blood around the body, to work effectively.
Vitamin C has strong antioxidant properties, and its role in collagen production make it vital for skin health [viii]. Collagen is the protein that keeps skin elastic and firm, and has long been seen as an active ingredient in skin care products. Though vitamin C in topical treatments is often unstable and through exposure to light, losses its effectiveness [ix]. Vitamin C is found in high levels in both the dermis and the epidermis layers of the skin. Vitamin C limits the from damage from UV rays, preventing wrinkles, sunspots and other pigmentation discolorations associated with sun damaged skin. Fulfilling your daily intake of vitamin C will have positive effects on skin health and visible signs of ageing.
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