Learn about Vitamin C on National Vitamin C Day

Vitamin C and its benefits

We all hear about Vitamin C, how good it is for us when we have a cold.  But there is a lot more to this incredible vitamin that you may not know about and seeing as it is NZ’s National Vitamin C Day, I thought I would write a blog on some of the other benefits that Vitamin C has.

Let’s start with the history first ….So how did we find out that Vitamin C is good for our health?

Vitamin C is substance that occurs naturally in many different fruits and vegetables, so it’s fair to say that Vitamin C has likely been around as long as the earth itself.  Cultures from all over the world have long been aware of the extensive health benefits of consuming foods high in vitamin C as well as the risks associated with not consuming enough of it, one that most of us know is scurvy.  In the late 19th century scurvy was journaled and described in detail by British physician Sir Thomas Barlow, and from this people began to understand just how much this substance can do for one’s health.

From what we understand, scurvy was known for thousands of years prior, Hippocrates himself wrote about it. In the 18th century, it is assumed that scurvy disease killed more British sailors than any of the enemies they had, and was one of the greatest factors limiting maritime travel over the ages. Today, very few people suffer from scurvy and Vitamin C is considered one of the most important nutrients that our food should provide.

Vitamin C today

We are all aware that most of us don’t get our daily requirements of vitamins from our intake of vegetables and fruit.  Perhaps because of mass produced hydroponic grown vegetables available in Supermarkets, perhaps the chemical sprays reduce the vitamin levels, or perhaps because we don’t take time to grow our own organic vegetables and then prepare our meals with the daily recommendation of fruit and vegetables (it’s a very busy modern life we lead in these times).  One thing we do know is that there are a lot of natural alternatives available that supplement our diets. 

Vitamin C can be purchased over the counter in a tablet form, powder form (ascorbic acid) or a liquid form in varying strengths. 

5 benefits of Vitamin C

  • For the Skin…. For years I have thought that Vitamin C has the potential to be beneficial to the skin when used directly on it. It is in my Xmaease cream for this reason.  As a 50 year old woman I have tried several skin products and I have to say, the one serum I like and use has a high concentration of liquid Vitamin C in it.  It makes my skin feel tighter and I’m sure my skin is looking younger as I get older … if that’s at all possible… (Or maybe I need my eyes checked).  I am also taking a high dosage of Vitamin C powder each day, 1000mgs mixed up in a glass of water.  Personally I love it internally and externally.
  •  Luckily, there are a few ways to make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C, no matter your lifestyle. One is to simply squeeze lemon juice into the water you drink. Half a lemon is apparently equivalent to half your daily requirement.
  • I have heard that Vitamin C helps prevent hangovers as well so make sure you get that slice of lemon or lime into your mojitos… I personally haven’t tried this theory so I would be keen to know if you have found this to be true.
  •  Vitamin C so helps the body absorb iron, which is a critical component in the process of carrying oxygen through your blood cells and helps prevent anemia.
  •   Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps protect your cells from free radicals in the body. It is also needed to create collagen…this is why I find it beneficial for my 50year old skin.
The best way to celebrate Vitamin C Day is to stay healthy, and this vitamin can help you with that.  Vitamin C is necessary for good health and general well-being, but the unfortunate truth is that not everyone has the time to pay close attention to what they eat and just how many grams or milligrams of a certain substance they consume daily. 

 

If you did only one thing and made sure you had a half a lemon in a warm water drink a day you are halfway there.  Make yourself aware of what the best foods are that have Vitamin C and try and include them in your daily diet, foods such as oranges, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, strawberries,  peppers, and lemons area among a few.

 

Take advantage of Vitamin C Day to do your body a favour.

Wishing you good health.

 

Michelle Facer

Director

HealthGiving