Vitamin C: A Health-Boosting Powerhouse
Vitamin C has always been my personal favorite on the vitamin roster. It’s been my staple for years as an excellent year-round immune support vitamin. (I’ve recently added vitamin D3 to this list of daily supplements in my regimen as well.)
What is Vitamin C? (There’s More to It Than You Think!)
Vitamin C, known commonly as ascorbic acid, is a water soluble vitamin. This means that your body doesn’t store it, so it’s important to get enough vitamin C through your diet or supplementation. It is an essential vitamin that plays a vital role in maintaining healthy collagen levels in the body.
Most of us think of skin when we hear the word collagen, and indeed collagen levels are important in supporting healthy, vibrant skin. But collagen is also a major building block for tendons and ligaments, bones, and even blood vessels. You see, collagen is an important structural agent in your body. And your body uses vitamin C to synthesize collagen properly.
Vitamin C is also revered for its powerful antioxidant properties and immune health support. This critical vitamin helps protect essential fats, carbohydrates, proteins and building blocks for DNA from free radical damage. Smokers are especially encouraged to take in adequate vitamin C levels to help fight the excess free radical damage.
Vitamin C also supports healthy neurotransmitter activity by synthesizing norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in the body’s natural fight or flight response. Healthy synthesis of this neurotransmitter is important in promoting a relaxed and balanced state in body.
Last but not least, vitamin C supports healthy energy production in the cell’s mitochondria, which are the miniature powerhouses vital to each cell in your body.
What’s not to love about vitamin C? And what’s more? Well, a new study has found that this essential vitamin may be effective at halting cancer cell growth. To learn more, check out Study Finds Vitamin C Can Slay Cancer Cells.