You've probably heard the word Vitamin C thrown around in commercials and wellness advertisements - but what's the real tea on the C?
What are the health benefits of Vitamin C, and why is it important to not skip Vitamin C in our daily diets?
First up - what is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a vitamin that is essential for our body's daily wellness, and it can not be naturally produced BY our bodies. Vitamin C must be ingested through eating foods that contain it to get the actual benefits of vitamin c to work!
Vitamin C is found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs that we come across regularly in life without knowing how good they are for you! Oranges are an obvious, well-advertised source of vitamin c, but you can also find the essential goodness of vit c in foods like broccoli, parsley, kiwifruit, spinach and even papaya and guava (if you're feeling a bit fancy!)
The Healthline.com daily recommendation for vitamin c intake is as follows:
75mg for women and 90mg for men per day
Getting ample doses of vitamin c are important every day, even if it's just the minimum recommendation as above to best support your body.
How does Vitamin C help your body?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which basically means it cleans your body and supports your immune system to fend off ills, chills and bad bacteria that can cause poor health. Antioxidants work hard to protect all of your cells from potentially harmful things called "free radicals." When your body gets low on antioxidants and vitamin c levels, it can fall prey to these radicals and that's how sniffles and chills sneak their way into your day.
Vitamin C, being such a prominent and easily obtainable antioxidant available on supermarket shelves, is a hugely popular choice to support your everyday health as a pre-emptive measure. Vitamin C is also useful for supporting recovery from ills and chills once they've already taken hold! It's no big secret that great sleep and vitamin c are an impressive fighting duo against unwanted visitors banging on our immune system door!
That's not all vitamin c is good for!
Vitamin C is essential in the repair and support of both your teeth and bone health to keep those pearly whites and limbs supported at all stages of life! As we get older, age-related macular degeneration occurs, and vitamin c can support the slowing down of the cell damage process, protecting your cells for longer. So while our vitamin c intake is important to stay on to while young, it's also so important as we get older!
Natural sources of Vitamin C
There are plenty of foods that serve as natural sources of vitamin c, and as long as you remember to eat these foods regularly, you may find your vitamin c intake adequate. Be wary of changing seasons, and the increased price and availability of some of these items in New Zealand. We become more prone to ills and chills in the colder months when vitamin c deficiency is more likely to strike as a partial result! Your vitamin c intake should include some of the following:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Peppers (Capsicums)
When life gets hectic, and the months get colder, it's hard to stay on top of making sure you eat healthily - every day (trust, we've all been there a few times more than we'd like to admit!) Finding your daily dose of vitamin c to support your immune system through these tough times can be low on your priority list!
That's why at The Good Vitamin Co, we've come up with a range of EASY solutions to stay on top of your health as a priority that requires little to no effort on your part! Long gone are the days where vitamins have to be swallowed whole with water, now they are chewable - and ridiculously yummy! Our customers often comment that they don't want to stop at one vitamin c supplement, they want the whole dang gummy bottle! Without really even having to pause to think about it, you can pop in a chewy vitamin c supplement on the go and reap all the benefits of vitamin c, with none of the consideration!
Our vitamin c is delivered in the form of ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate, delivering a whopping 1000mg of vitamin c in every soft chew tablet! Those are high levels of vitamin c, which smashes your daily intake goals! These punchy little vitamin c supplements are so good, they should be bad for you! We've even got a range of vitamin c supplements for the littlies who will be eyeing up your orange health sweets enviously - so you can protect yourself and your kids from vitamin c deficiency all year round!
Can I eat foods that are Vitamin C rich while taking Vitamin C supplements?
Good news! You don't have to give up your delicious fruits and veggies while taking daily vitamin c supplements by us - in fact, we recommend that you always eat a well rounded, healthy diet bursting full of all the vitamin goodies. It is very hard to overexpose yourself to vitamin c!
The other benefits of vitamin c supplements?
Vit C is effective at absorbing and utilising any iron you are consuming, which is essential for keeping your energy levels up - especially for women who are menstruating! There are plenty of other claims online that you may come across, like vitamin c may support the fight against heart disease, for example, but as it is not definitively proven, we do not make any such claim! We believe that our Vit C gummies are already essential for daily health support without it!
So, what's the takeaway on Vit C?
Vitamin c is more than important for our healthy cells, immune system defences and overall wellness throughout the year. If you are concerned that you are not getting enough vitamin c in your natural diet or suffer from regular ills and chills, then vitamin c may make a noticeable difference in your daily life! The Good Vitamin Co chewy, delicious vitamin c supplements are there to make it all super easy for you. Never go a day again worrying about how many fruits and vegetables you're consuming, or if you're consuming enough of this and not enough of that... life is too short for vitamin c deficiency.
Take the guesswork out of your health support and get your vitamin c levels where they should be - every day - EASILY.