Vitamin C

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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble micronutrient that acts as an anti-oxidant that aids in protection from damage caused by free-radicals. Our bodies can make free-radicals when we convert food to energy, have exposure to cigarette smoke, air pollution, stress and even UV light from the sun. Vitamin C helps with us reduce potential cellular damage by quelling harmful free radicals.

Vitamin C is needed to produce collagen and is involved in protein metabolism. Collagen is an essential component of connective tissue which plays a vital role in skin integrity and wound healing. Our bodies cannot produce Vitamin C endogenously, meaning we need to get it from the food we eat. A minimum consumption of 200 mg daily for adults is recommended. Overconsumption of Vitamin C is rare; what you don’t use your body will excrete.

Vitamin C deficiency is rare but can lead to a higher susceptibility to infections. During a time of infection, Vitamin C levels are impacted due to enhanced inflammation and metabolic demand. This is why it may be beneficial to increase consumption of Vitamin C rich foods or supplement with Vitamin C. Vitamin C deficiency is often observed in people diagnosed with cancer and chronic smokers. Studies consistently show that smokers have lower levels of Vitamin C, due in part to oxidative stress. Some medical conditions can reduce the absorption of Vitamin C therefore increasing the need. Individuals with limited food variety, intestinal malabsorption or some types of cancer may be at increased risk for Vitamin C inadequacy. People with end-stage renal disease receiving chronic hemodialysis may be deficient as well.

Vitamin C is found naturally in some foods but can also be added to foods such as breakfast cereals. The best sources of Vitamin C are sweet peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cantaloupe. Consuming five varied servings of fruits and vegetables a day can provide over 200 mg of Vitamin C.

We carry of wide variety of Vitamin C in the office that is safe for all ages. If you have ever wondered about your levels of Vitamin C, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Arnold about how Functional Medicine can help optimize your health! 10% discount in January for all Vitamin C products!