Oh, you should keep your Vitamin C levels up. How many times have you heard this when you are feeling a little bit under the weather?
But why? Should you really keep your Vitamin C levels up, and how do you do that? Let’s have a look now…
What Is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a nutrient with antioxidant properties that helps to keep your body strong and healthy. Your body uses vitamin C to maintain bone and muscle health, as well as supporting blood vessels, the formation of collagen and also helps your body absorb iron.
So basically, you want this in your system! The recommended daily dosage of vitamin C is 200 milligrams (mg) a day.
How Can I Get My Daily Intake?
It is not necessary to take a vitamin C supplement if you maintain a healthy and balanced diet. There is no difference to the quality of vitamin C in food as opposed to what is present in supplements. It can be an idea to boost your intake with a supplement if you are feeling unwell though.
Foods that contain the most concentrated levels of vitamin C are…
- Gold kiwifruits
- Honeydew Melon
- Red Capsicum
- Red Cabbage
How Your Body Processes Vitamin C
Your body is very efficient at using the vitamin C present in your system. Your intestines absorb all the vitamin C from consumed foods and transport it out to your cells. Your kidneys will regulate the amount in your body. Every time blood passes through your kidneys, it picks up the vitamin C and distributes it out. However, your cells will reach a saturation point at around 100mg and will not be able to absorb any more. At that point, excess vitamin C ends up in your urine.
Because your body is effective at processing this vitamin, it is not recommended to have your entire 200mg allocation in one sitting. That is because you will be wasting some of the intake. Instead, spread it across 2 or more meals to ensure even distribution in your body.
Vitamin C And Illness
Vitamin C has long been associated as a treatment for the common cold. But, research on the effectiveness of vitamin C is patchy. There is no concrete proof that it can help cure a common cold. Studies have proven that a regular vitamin C intake can reduce the length of a cold, but it does little to prevent you from catching one.
For more severe illnesses, vitamin C certainly isn’t a cure, but it can help support your overall health. Because it is involved in so many processes and supports many areas of your body, it can help you fight illness by regenerating your muscles, keeping your bones strong and supporting the generation of new tissues.
While it does not cure cancer or other severe illnesses, vitamin C can help keep your body strong. It is not a stand alone cure, but it can support other treatments and medications.