Probably one of the best known vitamins we know. Vitamin C is the most commonly used name for this vitamin, but the official name is Ascorbic Acid. The translation of Ascorbic Acid is literally 'no scurvy'. Scurvy is a serious consequence of a severe vitamin C deficiency.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. This means that it enters your body through food. The vitamin is in the moisture/fruit of the food you eat and is thus absorbed by your body. It is a powerful antioxidant that, among other things, protects the body cells against harmful external influences and is necessary for the absorption of iron and good resistance.
We humans can do it ourselves do not produce vitamin C and must therefore get this from our diet. Vitamin C can be found in fruits and vegetables. When cooking vegetables, the cooking time must be taken into account. Do you want to get as much vitamin C as possible? Do not cook the vegetables for too long.
A well-known phenomenon of too little vitamin C is scurvy. People who used to eat one-sided foods for a long time were particularly affected by scurvy.
Vitamin C in food
As mentioned above, you get ascorbic acid from food. Citrus fruits, kiwis, cabbage and strawberries in particular are full of vitamin C. And whoever thought that an orange was a vitamin C bomb, unfortunately. An orange contains only 50 mg of ascorbic acid. A real vitamin C bomb is a pepper, with no less than 150 mg per 100 grams.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. This means that this substance cannot be stored in the body. That is why it is important that you get enough every day. Think about this when you cook your vegetables, for example. The vitamins decrease when heated. Therefore, do not cook your vegetables for too long or opt for steaming instead of boiling.
What is vitamin C good for?
Ascorbic acid is a powerful antioxidant that works throughout your body. It is an important vitamin that supports your immune system and helps maintain good resistance. But not only that, below is a summary of the effect of vitamin C in your body.
- Protects and provides extra collagen
- Gives energy
- Helps protect against infections
- Helps care for the skin from within
- Increases iron absorption
- Is an antioxidant
- Lowers the stress level
- Protects against viruses and bacteria
- Is an important neurotransmitter
- Supports hormone balance
- Supports pregnant women and the baby in the mother's womb
- Necessary for diabetics
- Keeps blood vessels flexible
- For maintaining strong bones
- Supports the immune system during and after physical exertion
Ascorbic acid deficiency
Fortunately, you will not notice any symptoms of a vitamin C deficiency in the short term. But in the long term you can certainly have to deal with complaints, such as reduced resistance, wounds that take a long time to heal, fatigue and joint complaints. With a long-term deficiency, scurvy can even develop.
An excess rarely occurs, because you pee out most of this substance. If the dosage is too high, it can have a laxative effect.
Vitamin C supplement
Goldea Health has the premium vitamin C in its range as sodium ascorbate. This is the most natural form and is therefore best absorbed by your body. The supplement is high-dose, with no less than 1000 mg per capsule. Our supplements are also suitable for vegans. All nutritional supplements are completely plant-based and made in a vegan capsule or softgel. These are made from pectin, which is extracted from the peel of fruits
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