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Of all the vitamins, nutrients, and supplements out there, the one that people probably hear about the most is vitamin C. But what is vitamin C, actually? And why is this simple little nutrient so crucial to maintaining good health?

What is Vitamin C and Ascorbic Acid?

In all our research, we’ve found that the Mayo Clinic has one of the best, most precise, and most concise definitions of vitamin C. Quoting their research:

  • “Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a nutrient your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body’s healing process. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation from the sun, X-rays, or other sources. Free radicals might play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb and store iron.”

Unlike most animals, the human body does not produce vitamin C on its own. That’s why it’s so essential that people maintain a diet of vitamin C-rich foods. It’s also a good idea to take vitamin C supplements, particularly if one has a difficult time keeping lots of fruits and vegetables in their diet.

Vitamin C – Frequently Asked Questions

Our team at Immune Solutions participates in farmer’s markets, online sale events, and countless one-on-one interactions with customers. Over the years, we’ve answered thousands of questions from customers who wanted to learn how to live healthy lives. And while we can’t give medical advice and don’t intend to, here are some of the most common questions we’ve gotten from customers about vitamin C, and our answers to them:

1). Am I getting enough vitamin C?

Recently, we shared some information from the National Institutes of Health regarding recommended daily dosages for vitamin C. We included the NIH data in last week’s blog post, so we’ll copy that information over here, so you can get the data straight from the source. According to the NIH, proper recommended vitamin C dosages (dosages measured in milligrams) are:

  • From birth to six months old: 40 mg/day.
  • For infants 7 to 12 months old: 50 mg/day.
  • Children 1 to 3 years old: 15 mg/day.
  • For children 4 to 8 years old: 25 mg/day.
  • For children 9 to 13 years old: 45 mg/day.
  • Teens, 14 to 18 years old (boys): 75 mg/day.
  • Teens, 14 to 18 years old (girls): 65 mg/day.
  • Adult men: 90 mg/day.
  • Adult women: 75 mg/day.
  • Pregnant teens: 80 mg/day.
  • Pregnant women: 85 mg/day.
  • Breastfeeding teens: 115 mg/day.
  • Breastfeeding women: 120 mg/day.

2). What foods provide vitamin C?

The best place to get vitamin C naturally is from fruits and vegetables. According to MedlinePlus, the following fruits are high in vitamin C:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Watermelon

The following vegetables are also very rich in vitamin C:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Green and red peppers
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Turnip greens
  • Sweet and white potatoes
  • Tomatoes and tomato juice
  • Winter squash

3). What are the risks of not getting enough vitamin C?

A vitamin C deficiency can be quite severe. Someone who is not getting enough vitamin C each day (below about 10 mg/day) can get scurvy. Scurvy is an illness that causes:

  • Fatigue
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Small red and/or purple spots on the skin
  • Mild to severe joint pain
  • Poor wound healing
  • Corkscrew hairs
  • Depression
  • Swollen, bleeding gum
  • Teeth falling out
  • Anemia

Scurvy is a severe illness because of the above symptoms, certainly, but primarily because scurvy is fatal if not treated.

4). What are the effects of vitamin C on health?

Much of the positive effects of vitamin C are still being analyzed by scientists, but there is some preliminary data on the additional health benefits of vitamin C.

To get the data straight from the experts, we’ve included a few quotes from the National Institutes of Health:

  • “People with high intakes of vitamin C from fruits and vegetables might have a lower risk of getting many types of cancer, such as lung, breast, and colon cancer.”
  • “People who eat lots of fruits and vegetables (high in vitamin C) seem to have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers believe that the antioxidant content of these foods might be partly responsible for this association because oxidative damage is a major cause of cardiovascular disease.”
  • “Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts are two of the leading causes of vision loss in older people. Researchers do not believe that vitamin C and other antioxidants affect the risk of getting AMD. However, research suggests that vitamin C combined with other nutrients might help slow AMD progression.”
  • “People who take vitamin C supplements regularly might have slightly shorter colds or somewhat milder symptoms when they do have a cold.”

5). Is it possible to take too much vitamin C?

It really isn’t easy to consume too much vitamin C. One would have to take more than 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C to reach the upper recommended limit for the supplement (for an adult).

Liposomal Vitamin C from Immune Solution

Believed to be 8 to 10 times more effective than IV vitamin C, Immune Solution brings the best vitamin C supplement to the market with our proprietary Liposomal Vitamin C product.

Liposomal Vitamin C is the most potent, concentrated, and effective vitamin C supplement available. It is much more effective than IV vitamin C, which is, in turn, far more effective than an oral vitamin C tablet or capsule.

From its immune system support to its antioxidant benefits, from its detoxifying effects to anti-microbial support and collagen/connective tissue repair and regrowth, liposomal vitamin C from Immune Solution is the best ascorbic acid supplement available.

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And if you have any questions about our vitamin C supplements or other holistic products and natural remedies, don’t hesitate to reach out! You can call us at our office line: (727) 768-4688. Or send us a message using our convenient contact form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers and wellness,

-Ren Brabenec

Immune Solution Writing Staff

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-vitamin-c/art-20363932

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002404.htm

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

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