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Vitamin C, Yay or Nay?

Updated: Jun 25

My answer is, "Yay, but of course it's up to you"!

Here is why, and what you should look for in a supplement.

Vitamin C offers:

  1. Immune system support: Vitamin C helps stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are essential for fighting off infections and supporting overall immune function.

  2. Antioxidant protection: Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps neutralise harmful free radicals in your body. Free radicals contribute to various health problems, including ageing, chronic diseases, and oxidative stress.

  3. Collagen synthesis: Vitamin C is crucial for the synthesis of collagen, a protein that provides structure and support to various tissues in the body, including the skin, bones, tendons, and blood vessels.

  4. Iron absorption: Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron aiding in optimal iron levels in the body.

  5. Antioxidant recycling: Vitamin C has the ability to regenerate other antioxidants, such as vitamin E, by donating electrons to them. This recycling process helps extend the antioxidant activity of other compounds in your body, enhancing their effectiveness in protecting against oxidative stress.

  6. Adrenal support and hence hormonal support. Adequate levels of vitamin C aid in the regulation of your response to stress and help maintain healthy adrenal function.

I choose to supplement with Vitamin C for all of the above reasons, not just for my immune system!

How to select a supplement:

  1. A powder mixed with water is more bioavailable than a tablet form.

  2. Vitamin C is more bioavailable when combined with bioflavenoids. The ideal ratio is 1:1 (Vitamin C:Bioflavenioids) In the supplement ingredient list the bioflavenoids may simply be listed as "Citrus bioflavenoids" or they may be identified individually. Examples include hesperidin, rutin, quercetin, naringin and rosehip.

  3. Choose a supplement made by a reputable company that abides by rigorous testing protocols and high standards.

  • Can you get enough from your food? If your fruit and veggies are super, super fresh and grown in quality soil, possibly yes! Otherwise it is doubtful. Good sources of Vitamin C are:

  • Lemon, Lime, Orange and Grapefruit

  • Capsicum

  • Strawberries

  • Paw paw

  • Broccoli

  • Kale and

  • Kiwifruit

PSSSSST: did you know that eating sugar depletes the availability of Vitamin C?

**Always consider your current medications when selecting supplements!**

I do hope this info has helped you make an informed choice. Happy Healthy Wishes Always! Lou 🌸🤗🌸

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