VITAMIN C acts as an antioxidant

Read here about the benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C aka Ascorbic acid is a necessary vitamin for health. It acts as an antioxidant and it has many EFSA approved health claims. Let us present to you the benefits of Vitamin C! 

Vitamin C has been involved in many health studies and has 15 EFSA approved health claims. It’s one of the most common vitamins and can be found in many natural foods like oranges, strawberries, papaya, and broccoli. To reap the benefits of eating fruits and most vegetables it's best to eat them raw or lightly cooked. Nordic berries are also rich in vitamin C and sea buckthorn is especially a real vitamin c bomb!

 

But what exactly is Vitamin C?

Ascorbic acid is a natural substance found in almost all living organisms. It has existed for billions of years and is the very basis of life. You could say ascorbic acid acts as an oil for the machinery of life. Mammals produce ascorbic acid themselves, and during biochemical stress or physical trauma, high doses of ascorbic acid are produced to normalize the body.

The only mammals that do not produce this themselves are monkeys, guinea pigs, and humans, because of evolution. Thus, we need to get Vitamin C from our diet. Most of the vitamin C can be found in our muscles and blood. 

 

Supports the immune system and fights oxidative stress

Vitamin C also fights against oxidative stress. EFSA approved claims state that Vitamin C contributes to protecting cells from oxidative stress. An excess number of free radicals is called oxidative stress and antioxidants, like vitamin C, help fight it. Oxidative stress occurs all the time in our bodies, but the unbalance between free radicals and antioxidants causes oxidation, which has been studied to affect health negatively when the state is chronic. Oxidative stress can be caused by intensive training, poor diet, smoking, air pollutants, and stress. 

The beneficial effects are obtained by taking vitamin C, 200 mg daily, in addition to the recommended daily intake. When it comes to a good immune system, we would like to underline the importance of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. The immune system is a complex network. Vitamins A, D, B6, B12, and folic acid are necessary vitamins to support a normal functioning immune system. 

 

Contributes to collagen production in the body

Studies show Vitamin C supports normal collagen production and is needed for collagen synthesis. Collagen itself is the most abundant protein in our bodies. Thus, vitamin C promotes our normal collagen production for the normal function of blood vessels, bones, cartilages, gums, skin, and teeth. The body’s collagen production slows down as a result of aging but sufficient intake of Vitamin C from your diet supports normal collagen production. Using collagen as a supplement can help maintain optimal collagen levels as they start to reduce. 

 

Maintain normal energy metabolism and iron absorption

Vitamin C supports normal energy metabolism, which means it is needed to convert food into energy for many body functions. It’s also needed for the normal function of the nervous system and it supports normal psychological functions. Vitamin C deficiency, which is rare, occurs first as tiredness and fatigue, which are symptoms for many other deficiencies or diseases as well.

Vitamin C contributes to normal iron absorption. Iron may not absorb efficiently through your diet. While eating food containing iron it is recommended to consume vitamin C at the same time. Dairy products, eggs, teas, and foods high in oxalate may hinder iron absorption. Vitamin C also helps Vitamin E to regenerate. Vitamin E has also antioxidant effects in our bodies.

 

In need of Vitamin C?

See below all Aarja Vitamin C supplements to support your immune system and overall health!

 

VITAMIN C 500, Zinc & Nordic Chaga

Optimal combination for the immune system: Aarja’s VITAMIN C 500 with Zinc, Chaga and Rosehip is an optimal combination created to support the immune system, skin and nails as well as fight oxidative stress.

 

OptiMSM + C with Bilberry

Vitamin C with MSM! Ascorbic acid together with our pure MSM and wild bilberries supports your immune system. MSM is a natural substance that contains an organic sulfur compound - the third largest nutrient found in the human body. 

 

Kids' VITAMIN C with Bilberry

A natural boost for your kids' immune system with our chewable Vitamin C with Bilberry. It's naturally great taste comes from Nordic wild bilberries and xylitol. It's also good for your kids' normal teeth health and neurological health.

 

The recommended dosage of Vitamin C

The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 80 mg for healthy adults. There is no official safe upper limit for daily intake by EFSA for vitamin C as the body can eliminate excess vitamin C. Increased amount of vitamin C may be taken to ease the symptoms of the flu. The maximum dose is considered to be 2000 mg daily for example during when you have a cold. However, usage of higher dosages of vitamin C should be consulted with a doctor if there is a need for it. Along with a healthy and varied diet we recommend following official recommendations.