Vitamin C is found naturally in fruits such as cherries, strawberries and oranges. It is not synthesized by the body (not found naturally) and we need to consume it.
The Vitamin C that we consume
This form is also called bioidentical. It is a synthetic vitamin C which is identical to the natural form: L-ascorbic acid. This synthetic acid is made from the fermentation of cereals (most often corn). It is therefore of natural origin. But we cannot say that it is a natural ascorbic acid since it comes from various transformations which we use in chemistry.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ROLES OF VITAMIN C?
- Reduced mental and physical fatigue
- Good psychological functioning
- Regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E
- The proper functioning of energy metabolism
- The proper functioning of the immune system
- The protection of cells against oxidative stress
- The proper functioning of the nervous system
- Normal collagen formation for the skin and for proper functioning of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, teeth and gums
- The proper functioning of the immune system during and after intensive physical activity
In addition to the above mentioned:
Promotes good skin health
Vitamin C participates in the polymerization (synthesis) process of collagen fibers. Collagen is a protein that plays a vital role in the maintenance and regeneration of bone mass, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and the skin.
It gives elasticity and resistance to the various organs and tissues of our body. Vitamin C therefore helps the body to form scar tissue and heal wounds.
High vitamin C intakes have also been shown to reduce the likelihood of wrinkles and dry skin
Increases the assimilation of iron and calcium
Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron. This property is important because iron is an absolutely essential mineral for the body which needs it for the production of hemoglobin and the regulation of cerebral and muscular functions. Adequate absorption of iron is therefore necessary to avoid anemia and fatigue.
Fights free radical damage
Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, as well as toxic chemicals like cigarette smoke.
Free radicals can build up in the body and contribute to the development of health problems such as cancer, heart disease or arthritis. Free radicals form when the body breaks down food or when it is exposed to smoke, tobacco, or radiation.
Improves physical performance
Some studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin C would increase physical performance and muscle strength, improve oxygen delivery during physical exercise, and reduce blood pressure.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN C?
Vitamin C deficiency manifests itself in several ways in the body:
- General fatigue
- Lack of appetite and weight loss
- weakened immune system (repeated infections, colds, flu)
- Swollen and painful joints
- Slow healing
HOW DO YOU PICK OUT A GOOD VITAMIN C?
There are different qualities on the market. More than 95% of world production comes from China, the rest from Scotland or the USA.
The quality criteria are as follows:
- Purity: the manufacturing process must result in a 100% ascorbic acid product, that is to say 100% pure.
- It must be dextrorotatory L-ascorbic acid, the only form which is in plants and which has a vitamin power.
- Traces of solvents: the solvents used for its manufacture must be undetectable
- Traces of toxic: pesticides and heavy metals from corn cultivation must also be undetectable in analyzes