Reasons To Take Vitamin C Daily
It’s an antioxidant.
In the most basic sense, antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation. But what does this mean? It might not seem like a big deal, but oxidation is one of the biggest contributors to aging and disease. Antioxidants work by neutralizing free radicals in your body—those pesky little molecules that can cause damage to your cells. Without antioxidants, these free radicals would run amok in your body, wreaking havoc on everything they encounter. It’s easy to underestimate the power of an antioxidant, but without them, you could be left with skin lesions or lesions in other parts of your body! Antioxidants are key players when it comes to keeping our bodies young and healthy.
Immune system booster.
Vitamin C helps your body make white blood cells, which help fight infections and defend against pathogens. The function of these white blood cells is enhanced by vitamin C as well, meaning you can recover faster from illness if you have enough of it in your system.
Helps heal wounds.
- Helps heal wounds. Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, a protein that increases the amount of collagen in wounds and speeds up the healing of cuts and wounds.
- Helps prevent infection. Studies show that vitamin C increases the body’s ability to fight infections, which can help prevent or treat many different types of infections.
Keeps gums healthy.
With vitamin C, you help build collagen. This is a protein that helps gum tissue remain strong and healthy. This can help prevent issues like gingivitis.
Makes skin look younger.
Vitamin C can help regenerate skin cells and may even help reduce the effects of sunburn. It is one of the most promising ingredients for anti-aging, as it can repair wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and other damage to your skin caused by free radicals.
Reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
- Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant.
- Antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that damage collagen.
- Collagen is the main protein in your skin and it gives your skin firmness, structure, and resilience.
- As you age, your body makes less collagen and free radicals increase so the signs of aging develop: wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven pigmentation.
- Vitamin C helps to boost collagen production in the body as well as protect against harmful sun rays by neutralizing free radicals in the skin caused by UV exposure. By protecting our bodies from further damage without undergoing costly procedures (like Botox), we can naturally slow down the formation of fine lines and wrinkles!
Protects against eye disease.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in protecting our bodies from damage caused by free radicals. While this may not mean much to you now, free radicals are unstable molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when you’re exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation. Free radicals can cause disease and damage vital parts of cells, including your DNA.
Because vitamin C is water-soluble, it’s constantly flushed out of the body (through the kidneys), so you need to replenish its supply every day.
Among its many roles, vitamin C helps produce collagen in the body — an essential protein used to make skin, cartilage, and tendons. The bones and teeth also store vitamin C for future use. Additionally, vitamin C helps maintain healthy blood vessels and assists with wound healing.
Lowers risk of cancer and heart disease.
I’ve always had a healthy attitude about my health, but I only recently realized that I may be at risk for one of the most common illnesses in this country: cardiovascular disease. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly two-thirds of American adults over the age of 50 have pre-existing conditions, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
As a person who takes care to eat right and exercise regularly, I thought that my chances of heart attack or stroke were pretty slim. But then came the news—and it was alarming: new research has found that more than 80 percent of Americans are deficient in Vitamin C.
What this means is that millions upon millions of people are putting themselves at risk for these diseases every single year—including me!
I need to get more Vitamin C in my diet
With so many options to choose from, how do you know what you should be eating? It’s best to opt for a variety of fruits and vegetables. For example, some of the best naturally occurring sources of vitamin C include oranges, red and green bell peppers, guavas, papayas, strawberries, and kale. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are also high in vitamin C.
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C is 90 milligrams per day for men and 75 milligrams per day for women. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, your RDA increases slightly to 85 milligrams per day for pregnancy and 120 milligrams per day for breastfeeding.
What happens if you don’t get enough? A deficiency in this nutrient is rare — but it can occur in people with severe malabsorption issues as well as in those who suffer from kidney problems that prevent them from efficiently absorbing this nutrient. Long-term deficiencies are linked to scurvy. Scurvy is characterized by bleeding gums, bruising easily, joint pain, decreased wound healing time and fatigue.
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