Vitamin C is perhaps the most well-known and most often taken supplement, as people worldwide are familiar with the immune- boosting properties. It’s popularity is down to the plethora of proven health benefits, which we’ll look at in January.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient found in some foods. While supporting immune system is by far the most popular benefit of this supplement, the powers of Vitamin C extend far beyond this one function.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals – substances formed by normal bodily processes such as breathing, and by environmental contaminants like cigarette smoke. Without adequate amounts of antioxidants, these free radicals travel throughout the body, damaging cells. Part of this cellular damage leads to one of the major known factors in the development of heart disease – oxidation of cholesterol, which can eventually slow or block blood flow to the heart. Vitamin C can be helpful with lowering the blood pressure and it has been proven that it helps improve blood vessel dilation and protects cardiovascular health.
Vitamin C plays a key role in the production of neurotransmitters, like norepinephrine which are essential to the proper functioning of the brain. Maintaining a healthy nervous system and normal psychological functions is one of the many benefits of this popular nutrient. Studies have also shown that Vitamin C supplementation helps to increase the blood supply to the ocular areas of the body, helping those who have Cataracts – a common eye disorder.
In addition to all the above, Vitamin C can also help relieve the feeling of tiredness and fatigue and it enhances iron absorption, which can also affect the general feeling of weariness. It’s an important nutrient for everyone, but it can have an even higher importance to the sport enthusiasts as it supports the immune system during intense workouts. What is more, the body needs vitamin C to make collagen, a protein that helps wounds heal and supports flexible joints. Collagen provides firmness and elasticity to skin and cartilage structures and its production declines as we age, which is why it’s important to supplement the nutrients that enhance it.
Beneficial effects of taking Vitamin C can be obtained with a daily intake of as little as 200mg in addition to the Recommended Daily Amount. While it’s unlikely to overdose on Vitamin C, the upper limit is 2,000mg a day and regular intake of higher than recommended doses can cause stomach upset in some people, with nausea and diarrhea being the most common symptoms.
Because the body cannot store vitamin C, its excess is usually exerted from the body as a bodily waste product, it’s often a good idea to spread the doses of Vitamin C throughout the day, rather than taking them all in one go. Also, some of the Vitamin C supplements can come in time-release or slow release formats. The slow release ensures the active ingredients are released to the body slowly over an extended period of time, while time release tablets are designed to dissolve after specific period of time, when it reaches the place in the gastrointestinal tract, where the nutrients are best absorbed.
At HTC, we have Vitamin C in strengths from 250mg to 1500mg per tablet and it is a strictly vegan product. For more information on our Vitamin C supplements or for a free instant quote, please contact our sales team on 01923 652529 or email email@example.com.
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