Vitamin C, Why You Need It

In our previous post, we covered some of the myths of vitamin C, but there are some facts that you’re possibly unaware of. Something that is true about vitamin C is that we need it to be healthy. It might not be the miracle cure to every cold, but it is a vital component to a healthy immune response.

There are many benefits of vitamin C.

It boosts the immune system

Of course you probably already knew that. While it might not create a wall against all colds, it does help your immune system respond to viruses entering the body.

It works as an antioxidant

Antioxidants are important to overall health. They keep unwanted toxins in check throughout our bodies. Another way that antioxidants are vital to our health is that they help rid the body of free radicals, which are unstable molecules created in the body because of stress or environmental factors.

In terms of vitamin C as an antioxidant, it helps with inflammation, and according to MedicalNewsToday, it can even help lower the risk of some cancers and other ailments.

There are also studies that have shown that in combination with vitamin E, vitamin C can help the body deal with pollution because of the antioxidant effect.

Helps produce collagen

We aren’t talking about lip fillers here. Collagen is important to the body and many of its vital functions. Collagen is needed in tendons, ligaments, skin, the cornea, cartilage, bones, the gut, and blood vessels.

We need collagen for wound healing, and vitamin C helps us produce it. Collagen helps bring fibroblasts to the wound, which are what allows it to repair. People with not enough vitamin C might find themselves healing slower.

Helps prevent scurvy!

Now most of us don’t work out at sea, and even those that do have access to nutrients and healthy food in most cases. The point being that not too many people are getting scurvy nowadays, but here’s the thing, it still happens. Vitamin C is what prevents most of us from having scurvy.

Some of the symptoms of scurvy include: generally feeling unwell, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhoea, fever, painful joints and muscles, small ‘pinpoint’ bleeding around hair follicles visible in the skin.

Possibly helps keep a healthy heart

The science here isn’t completely conclusive, but there is enough evidence to suggest that the proper amount of vitamin C helps with cardiovascular health. Part of the reason is the antioxidant properties, but also because of the way it opens up blood vessels and helps with blood flow, which is of course is linked to a healthy heart. This also helps reduce high blood pressure. This doesn’t mean that you should run out there and start filling up with supplements because there isn’t enough research to suggest that the supplements will directly impact heart health.

In our next post

In our next post we will cover all the places you can get a healthy dose of vitamin C both through a natural diet and supplemental sources.