What does
Vitamin C do?

And why is it considered "essential?"

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble, essential vitamin and powerful antioxidant that is not naturally produced inside the human body and must be supplemented with food or capsules.

Quick look at Vitamin C.

Immune System: First and foremost, Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to increase your overall immune response. It does this by playing a variety of crucial roles within your bodies immune system such as production of white blood cells and increasing protection of the derma which is the first barrier in keeping bacteria and infections out of your body.

Iron Absorption. Vitamin C assists the body with absorbing another crucial mineral called Iron. Iron is essential for a healthy circulatory system and assists in red blood cell production and hemoglobin production which helps the lungs carrier oxygen to the rest of the body.

Cognitive ability and Memory. Vitamin C helps fight and prevent oxidative stress which, in recent years, has been to blame for chronic diseases such as heart disease. Additionally, oxidative stress has been linked to brain, nerve and spine inflammation which is the cause of cognitive decline and is suspected to be the cause of awful diseases such as Parkinson's and Dementia.

Chronic Disease and Heart Disease.

Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduce your risk of chronic disease. Because Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it helps fight free radicals that cause a condition known as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. It has been suggested that oxidative stress is also linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin C has also been shown to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in adults. Approximately 30% of all adults in the U.S., suffer from higher than acceptable blood pressure levels which can lead to heart disease which is the leading cause of death worldwide. Further causes of heart disease include elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides, which Vitamin C can manage and lower these levels. 

Side note, inflammation. Despite inflammation being an important body response to injury and assists in the healing process, long term even low levels of inflammation is being shown to cause a laundry list of diseases and ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even depression.

Vitamin C Infograph

Vitamin C benefits infographic by Vita Crate.

Vitamin C can be supplemented in pill or powder form. Often times folks will supplement high doses of Vitamin C at the first sign of the common cold or flu. This is suspected to cut the duration of symptoms down so you are sick for a shorter time.

Vitamin C in pill form.
Vitamin C in powder form.

Vitamin C supplements in pill and powder forms.

Immune System

Vitamin C plays multiple roles within the bodies immune system. Vitamin C plays a role in the bodies derma layers (skin) that increase the initial barrier to fight and prevent infection and bacteria from entering the body. Vitamin C also helps increase production of white blood cells and increases the efficiency of white blood cells to do their job in fighting infection.

Vitamin C has been shown to prevent more serious infections from occurring. A recent study found that patients who developed pneumonia while fighting off other infections had a Vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C is one of the best boosts to your immunity that you can consume and high doses of Vitamin C in the early stages of the flu and common cold have been shown to reduce the time of these illnesses.

Iron absorption and Gout

Vitamin C is also shown to prevent anemia and iron deficiencies, especially for folks on a plant-based diet, because it assists in iron absorption from poor or low iron sources such as plant-based food. Meat is extremely high in iron so if you do not eat meat you should supplement Vitamin C and iron to ensure you are receiving proper levels of iron.

Vitamin C has been shown to reduce symptoms of the extremely painful symptoms of gout (type of arthritis) by nearly 40%. Vitamin C has the unique ability to reduce uric acid in the blood which is a byproduct of many food products. Uric acid within the blood stream can crystalize in between joints causing severe cases of arthritis which becomes extremely painful. 

Memory and Cognitive abilities

In recent years, oxidative stress has been linked to spine, nerve and brain inflammation which is suspected to be the cause of dementia and other cognitive declines as your body ages. Vitamin C is shown to reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals and may reduce the chance or slow the effects of aging in regard to memory and thinking.

Cancer Prevention, Common Cold & Flu Prevention

There are studies that claim a link to and no link to Vitamin C and the prevention of contracting the influenza virus, common cold and several forms of cancer. These randomized trials show no efficacy in the notion that Vitamin C can prevent the aforementioned, however the abundance of variables makes it difficult to say for sure and more research is needed. 

Conclusion.

Vitamin C is essential for many important functions within the human body. The benefits of having sufficient Vitamin C levels clearly and scientifically outweigh the negative effects a Vitamin C deficiency could cause the human body. Therefore in every single Vita Crate vitamin subscription pack, regardless of gender or age, includes one 1000 mg Vitamin C pill.

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