21st December 2022
Vitamin C - Are you getting enough this Winter?
Vitamin C has long been considered every mother’s go-to prevention and cure for the common cold. But does it really help? According to the NHS, it can speed up recovery when you’re ill. But Vitamin C shouldn’t be something we only take when we’re feeling unwell. Because it is a vital component of a well-balanced diet and has many benefits.
What is Vitamin C good for?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, performs many functions in the body. Unlike Vitamin D, our bodies can’t produce Vitamin C, and that’s why it’s vital that we get it from our diet. Here are some reasons we should ensure we get a sufficient amount:
• It helps bones produce collagen which is an essential component of skin. And we shouldn’t forget that our skin is our largest organ and a barrier that is our body and vital organs’ first line of defence from environmental factors.
• It helps to protect all our cells and helps keep them healthy as it forms an important protein our bodies use to make skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels.
• It helps repair and maintains cartilage, bones and teeth.
• It aids in the absorption of iron, an essential component of blood.
• It helps with wound healing and helps skin form scar tissue.
• Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant which may protect our cells from free radicals and prevent premature ageing.
Some sources of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is water-soluble and excess amounts are passed out naturally in our urine which means the body cannot store Vitamin C. That’s why we need to ensure we are eating foods that contain Vitamin C every day. Vitamin C is found in many types of fruits and vegetables, including:
• Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit.
• Green and red peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
• Sweet potatoes and potatoes.
• Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cranberries.
• Tomatoes and tomato juice.
• Mango, papaya, pineapple and watermelon.
The best sources of Vitamin C are fresh, uncooked (raw) fruits and vegetables as cooking or storing these for long periods may reduce their Vitamin C content.
How much Vitamin C per day?
So, how much Vitamin C should we be taking? According to the NHS, adults between the ages of 19 and 64 need 40mg of Vitamin C a day. However, up to 1,000mg daily is not harmful. It isn’t common for someone to overdose on vitamin C because the body does not store this water-soluble vitamin. Overdosing can occur only if one takes more than 1,000mg a day.
On the other hand, too little Vitamin C can lead to the following:
• Bleeding gums and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).
• Decreased ability to fight infections.
• Decreased wound-healing rate.
• Dry and splitting hair or rough, dry or scaly skin.
• Easy bruising.
• Swollen or painful joints.
• Weakened tooth enamel.
So, yeah, Vitamin C is absolutely critical for the optimum functioning of our bodies.
A Supplement is a Great Idea
Considering all the benefits of Vitamin C and the side effects of not having sufficient quantities, you don’t want to miss out! If you’re not getting enough of the above-mentioned fruits and veggies in your diet, it’s a good idea to take a Vitamin C supplement or a multivitamin that contains Vitamin C.
Hashmats Health A-Z Multivitamins is a complete supplement suitable for everyone 12 years and over. It contains 33 bio-elements including Vitamin C, in the right amounts, is formulated with pharmaceutical grade technology, is 100% Halal and is made right here in the UK. Just one tablet a day and you’re sorted!
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