Before starting a discussion about the importance, benefits and sources of Vitamin C let us explain some relevant facts that you should know about Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C).
There are two main obstacles for humans to obtain the ideal amount of vitamin C. First, vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin and our body doesn’t store water-soluble vitamins very well – excess of the vitamin leaves the body through the urine. Second, most of animals can internally manufacture their own vitamin C but we human beings are unable to synthesize it due to lack of the last enzyme in the vitamin C synthetic pathway, gulonolactone oxidase. As you can see, we have double reasons to consume foods that are rich in vitamin C on daily basis.
Vitamin C is well known for boosting the immune system and it became very popular for preventing colds and flus. These are the most famous benefits of Vitamin C and therefore we believe that it’s a good idea to explain other important functions of vitamin C, especially those benefits related to beauty!
Vitamin C – Antioxidant
Vitamin C is a highly effective antioxidant. Just by exposing a cut apple to air causes it to quickly turn brown, cells of our body can also suffer damage when exposed to oxygen, a process known as oxidation. Oxidation causes aging of the skin as well as all other organs and tissues of the body. Vitamin C, as a free-radical fighter, helps ward off wrinkles and many diseases linked to oxidation, including cataracts, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. Luckily there are some substances that help our body fight oxidation and its side effects. Vitamin C can protect indispensable molecules in the body, such as proteins, lipids (fats), carbohydrates, and nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) from the damage caused by free radicals and reactive oxygen species that can be generated during normal metabolism as well as through exposure to toxins and pollutants (e.g.: cigarette smoke). Vitamin C may also be able to regenerate other examples of antioxidants, such as vitamin E.
Vitamin C deficiency = Collagen deficiency
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body! It is responsible to form connective fibers in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage, bones and teeth. In simple words, collagen is the “adhesive” that holds your body together and it is also the tissue that holds your muscles to your skeleton, your skin to your muscles, and keeps everything together.
Our body is continually manufacturing collagen to maintain and repair connective tissues lost to daily wear and tear. Without vitamin C, collagen formation is disrupted, resulting in a wide variety of problems throughout the body. Scurvy, the disease caused by vitamin C deficiency, is really a process that disrupts the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and connective tissues. With scurvy, the body literally falls apart!
Tip: Collagen improves your skin’s elasticity and strength and without it, your skin would sag and appear dull! We need vitamin C to synthesize collagen, so if you are looking for a skin treatment that helps your skin to remain firm and healthy, there is nothing better than lotions rich in vitamin c, like Nutriplus C Multi-Vitamins Complex by Racco. It exclusive formula is rich in vitamins C, A, E and F, and that really helps improve your skin’s elasticity by stimulating the collagen synthesis.
Vitamin C in the Diet
Vitamin C can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Sources include all citrus fruits (lime, orange, lemon…), guava, tomatoes, leafy green vegetables and potatoes and it is not found in meat and other animal products. Vitamin C is also present in some processed foods and food manufacturers are required to list the amount of vitamin C in any packaged food, so it is fairly easy to track how much vitamin C you are getting from packaged foods.
Fresh, uncut or frozen fruits and vegetables are your best choices for vitamin C. Since ascorbic acid is an antioxidant, it doesn’t last long in the presence of oxygen. This means that once you cut or peel fruits and vegetables and expose them to air, the vitamin C content will diminish. Thus, it’s not recommended that you buy those gigantic orange juice cartons. Once you open the carton, oxidation begins to take place! The longer your food has been stored, and the more surface area is exposed to air and light, the less vitamin C there is likely to be.
To help you keeping your vitamin C level high, we recommend Racco’s Maxxi30, the skincare capsule rich in vitamins C and E, besides zinc and collagen that hydrate the skin and improve elasticity to the whole body from the inside out!
See you next week,