Vitamin C plays many roles in the body. It strengthens blood vessel walls, improves immune function, increases absorption of iron, aids in wound healing and bone and tooth formation, and acts as an antioxidant, slowing down the ageing process. It is also a crucial nutrient for our adrenal glands.
Since our bodies cannot produce or store vitamin C, it must be consumed daily to receive enough for optimal health.
Foods that are high in Vitamin C include:
- Citrus fruits
- Kiwi fruit
Signs that you are deficient in Vitamin C can include:
- Premature ageing
- Dull skin
- Easy bruising
- Bleeding gums
- Regular colds
- Muscular weakness
- Eye problems
Daily recommended dose is 1000 – 1500mg daily but that can be increased when you are in the acute stages of a cold or flu virus.
Quality is also important as some supplements are more easily absorbed into the body than others.
So as you can see, there is more to Vitamin C than just improving our immune system! Dosage and quality are crucial to getting the best results with supplementation so make sure you talk to a qualified Naturopath or Nutritionist before self prescribing.