Got the sniffles? "Vitamin C!"
Low on energy? "Vitamin C!"
Feeling a bit run-down? "Vitamin C!"
For as long as we can remember Vitamin C has been recommended by Doctors, Naturopaths, as well as family and friends as the go-to vitamin to fix all manner of ills.
Well as it turns out, there's good reason why.
The surprising benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential to keeping your body healthy and functioning well. Yes, it helps fight infection and keep the dreaded cold or flu at bay. But it has many other important benefits, including boosting collagen and keeping your skin, bones and connective tissue healthy.
Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, which is essential for growth and development. Our body utilises iron to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells to carry oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body. Our body also needs iron to make some hormones.
Vitamin C regenerates alpha-tocopherol, which boosts the immune system and helps keep blood clots from forming. Vitamin C also protects your cells from free-radical damage. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging. They are produced when your body metabolises food or when you’re exposed to toxins in the environment.
We cannot do without Vitamin C, but many of us don't get enough.
Do you get enough?
While vitamin C is an antioxidant found in a variety of fresh foods, research shows that a high percentage of Australians do not get the recommended amount through their diet. This is why there is an overabundance of Vitamin C supplements in supermarkets, pharmacies and health food stores.
But, not all vitamin C supplements are equal.
What to look for in a Vitamin C supplement
Here are three things we recommend you consider when choosing a Vitamin C supplement.
Make sure the supplement is highly bioavailable. Supplements formulated to have high bioavailability are more effective, as they help the body absorb more of the nutrient, without gastric distress or having to take higher doses. Sadly many supplements are not formulated this way.
Look for supplements that are all-natural and Non-GMO. Avoid genetically modified supplements with processed sugars, juice powders or synthetic flavours. Sadly more common than we think.
3. Liposomal Vitamin C
This is the gold standard of a bioavailable supplement. Vitamin C in liposomal form is an antioxidant powerhouse! A liposome is similar to our cells - a tiny bubble that holds nutrients in its centre. Because our cells love liposomes, our bodies love Liposomal Vitamin C. It is designed for our body to absorb all the nutrients suspended inside the cell-like bubble.
A great example of a liposome is found in breast milk. Breastmilk is rich in good fats and essential nutrients and to ensure our babies can absorb all this goodness, our body creates Liposomes within breast milk. This helps to get our babies off to a wonderful nutrient-rich start, delivering all the nutrients directly into their cells.
I hope this information helps you choose a quality Vitamin C supplement.