In today’s Wellness Wednesday, we’re going to be talking about the benefits of Vitamin C and why our body needs lots of it.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, which means that your body can’t produce it by itself. You can find it in lots of foods such as oranges, broccoli, spinach, peppers, strawberries, potatoes, and sprouts. It’s recommended that women have 75mg a day, whilst men should have 90mg.
So what are the main benefits of the vitamin?
- Helps to manage high blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure, you’re at higher risk of heart disease, which is the biggest cause of death worldwide. A study of 29 people found that taking a supplement reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure in healthy adults.
- Helps prevent iron deficiency
Iron is a vital nutrient that has a wide range of functions, such as making red blood cells and transporting oxygen throughout the body. Vitamin C supplements can help to improve the absorption of iron from your diet. Plus, it assists in converting iron that is poorly absorbed, such as plant-based sources of iron, into a form that is easier to absorb.
- Strengthens your immune system
Vitamin C is involved in many parts of the immune system. It helps to encourage the production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes, which help protect the body against infection. It also is an essential part of the skin’s defence system. It’s actively transported to the skin, where it can act as an antioxidant and help strengthen the skin’s barriers. Plus, it helps white blood cells function more effectively. Studies have shown that taking Vitamin C may shorten wound healing time, plus low levels have been linked to poor health.
- Helps maintain psychological function
When your body has very low levels of Vitamin C, you’re at a high risk for scurvy. Depression and personality changes are just two of the symptoms of scurvy, making it vital for normal mental health. It also contributes to the synthesis of the hormones noradrenaline and adrenaline, which help to regulate your mood and ability to concentrate. They also work with other hormones to help the body respond to exercise and stress.
- Reduces tiredness and fatigue
If you feel exhausted all the time, it might mean that your body is lacking Vitamin C. Weakness and fatigue are common symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency, so it’s important that you’re getting enough.
We know that Christmas time is all about the chocolates, wine, crisps and other tasty stuff, but make sure that you don’t deprive your body of Vitamin C!