There is no doubt that Vitamin C is good for boosting your immunity. But there are many other important function vitamin C does. From boosting collagen production, wound healing, taking care of your skin, bones, and gums to improving overall energy. But sadly, most of us relate vitamin C only with immunity.
But myths about this essential nutrient are also still very common, and the truth is our knowledge about its other benefits and functions which continues to evolve. So here are some myths and fun facts about this common vitamin:
MYTH: Vitamin C is only beneficial for boosting immunity
FACT: There is no doubt that Vitamin C is essential for boosting your immunity. But, there are many other important things vitamin C does. From boosting collagen production, wound healing, taking care of your skin, bones, and gums to improving overall energy. But sadly, most of us relate vitamin C only with immunity.
vitamin C is crucial when it comes to keeping us energetic and feeling alert as vitamin C is providing the ingredients to make the hormones cortisol and adrenaline which are essential for energy and a healthy nervous and immune system. it regenerates collagen in bones, joints, and the face.
vitamin C is also one of the most potent antioxidants, help to fight free radicals to ward off inflammation and disease.
Vitamin C plays a major role in wound healing as it regenerates collagen in the skin and other tissues. This means it is also beneficial for injuries and wounds.
Vitamin C is also an essential co-factor for collagen production, so a healthy
intake will keep your skin elastic, smooth, and luminous with a more youthful appearance.
Adequate vitamin C also helps weight loss as it affects the body's ability to use fat as a fuel source during both exercise and at rest.
Vitamin C also improves cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol level. It also helps to keep blood vessels elastic.
MYTH: Vitamin C Wards Off Colds and Flu.
FACT: Studies on ‘’Vitamin C to fight against cold and Flu’’ shows that people who regularly take vitamin C supplements may have a shorter duration of colds with milder symptoms, but it does not reduce the risk of catching a common cold. However, a 2013 meta-study suggests that vitamin C supplements reduce the duration of colds in the general population. Participants in each study supplemented vitamin C for varying periods, but generally, the daily dose was at least 200mg/day. So the bottom line is - Aim for a preventive dose of 200- 500mg daily as soon as you start to feel run down rather than futile mega dose after getting cold.
MYTH: The More Vitamin C, The Better
FACT: Many studies have shown that higher doses of vitamin C are beneficial. Anything up to 500mg a day will be absorbed and tolerated by the body.
However, any surplus (more than 1000mg/day) will be lost in urine because vitamin C is water-soluble. Hence, there are no really dangerous side effects from taking too much vitamin C- only mild flatulence and occasionally diarrhoea.
MYTH: Our Body Can Store Vitamin C, hence, does not need to take on a daily basis.
FACT: Being a water-soluble nutrient, Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body. Any surplus quantity (more than required) will be lost in urine so it is almost impossible to overload your system. If you do happen to consume too much Vitamin C at once, you will just excrete it by urination. Hence it is essential to get your dose of vitamin C every day through diet or supplement. This also means that you cannot take a mega-dose of this vitamin once a week or month and expect it to have a residual effect. You will have to take it every single day to see the beneficial effects.
MYTH: We Can Produce Vitamin C
FACT: Sadly, somehow, during evolution, we lost one of four vital enzymes needed to produce vitamin C. This means we have to get vitamin C from diet or supplement to get this essential nutrient for body functioning. Make sure you are getting enough of it from diet whether from vitamin C rich food sources or via a multivitamin or Vitamin C supplement.
MYTH: Citrus Fruit Is the Best Source of Vitamin C
FACT: Contrary to popular belief, that citrus fruits like oranges, lime, etc. are actually not the richest source of vitamin C. Some rich sources include are green chili, peppers, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, watercress, kiwi and red cabbage. So include a wide variety of fresh fruits and green vegetables, for a supercharged immune boost.
MYTH: We all need the same recommended amount of Vitamin C
FACT: Vitamin C recommended intake depending on many factors including your age, sex, state of health, and smoking status. For instance, Smoking causes the body to excrete more vitamin C than usual, so smokers need to up their intake by 35mg/day than a non-smoker.
MYTH: All Vitamin C Supplements Were Created Equal
FACT: Supplements are one way to get a daily dose of vitamin C. And there is not contrary that a whole-food-based natural vitamin C supplement is always superior to synthetic vitamin C supplements. Because synthetic vitamin C supplements have lower bioavailability than real foods, which means you cannot absorb them nearly as well. Conversely, real vitamin C as found in real natural whole food is accompanied by a complex of many other naturally occurring phytonutrients. As such, the body’s vitamin C requirements are best met from foods rich in this nutrient.
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