Vitamin C

VITAMIN C

Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, who first proposed that Vitamin C might keep sniffles, sneezes, and even cancer at bay, generated a flurry of research with the publication of his 1970 book Vitamin C and the Common Cold and the Flu.  Since then, research has shown many important functions for Vitamin C:

  • Needed to form collagen, the major protein of connective tissue, cartilage and bone.

    Citrus fruit
    Citrus fruit
  • Antioxidant protection.
  • Necessary for iron absorption, transport and storage.
  • Plays a role in the metabolism of the amino acids tyrosine and tryptophan
  • Helps metabolise fats i.e. Cholesterol
  • Required for strong teeth and bones
  • Required for healthy gums
  • Helps with wound healing
  • Reduces severity and duration of colds
  • Has antihistamine properties
  • Required to convert folic acid to its active form.

 

Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble antioxidant and as most of our body weight is water in which Vitamin C resides, the vitamin has a large area to protect.

 

Vitamin C and Immunity

Vitamin C may boost the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies.  The immune system responds more rapidly when the cells are saturated with Vitamin C.  Vitamin C may help control viral infections causing polio, cold sores, fever blisters, shingles, pneumonia, hepatitis, measles, viral encephalitis, and influenza.  Vitamin C may not necessarily prevent you catching a cold but it can reduce the length of a cold by at least a day!

Flu
Flu

Vitamin C and Cancer

Low intakes of vitamin C are associated with a two fold increase in the risk of cancers of the breast, cervix, oesophagus, lung, mouth, pancreas, rectum, colon, and stomach.

 

Vitamin C and heart health

In a recent study, men who were deficient in Vitamin C were three times more likely to have a heart attack compared to men who were not deficient in Vitamin C.  Also, a good Vitamin C status may cut your risk of a stroke in half.

I have mentioned some of the reasons why Vitamin C supplementation is so vital.  It is important to remember that although Vitamin C is readily available in foods, most people do not get enough, and humans are one of the few species that cannot make Vitamin C.

 

How much Vitamin C do I need?

The recommended intake according to many of the world’s leading nutritionists is between 500-1500mg of Vitamin C each day.

 

Why Neolife Vitamin C supplementation
  1. Whole food sources

In nature, Vitamin C does not exist in isolation.  It exists in fruits and vegetables with bioflavonoids, proteins, carbohydrates, and other factors which work together to improve Vitamin C;s bioavailability.  Our vitamin C contains high-potency, high purity Vitamin C as well as related factors such as lemon bioflavonoid complex, hesperidin (a flavonoid from grapefruit) and rutin (a flavonoid from buckwheat) for maximum bioavailability.

  1. Guaranteed potency

Because Vitamin C is so fragile, we manufacture our products with 10-20% more Vitamin C than claimed by the label to assure full potency throughout the guaranteed shelf life.

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