What do we need Vitamin C for? Mostly we associate Vitamine C with preventing us getting the cold. Is there more to Vitamin C than that?
Vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body.
It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth.
Vitamin C helps with building and dilation of our veins, blood pressure and can help protect our cardiovascular health.
Vitamin C also helps our body absorb iron. It’s a powerful antioxidant and protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Vitamin C also helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
We definitely need Vitamin C to keep us healthy. The problem is our body can’t produce Vitamin C on its own and it can’t store it either. Meaning we have to constantly keep providing Vitamin C with what we eat and that’s why it’s so important to include Vitamin C in our diet.
Interesting fact – most animals are able to produce their own Vitamin C. Human, primates (apes, chimps, etc) and guinea pigs have lost this ability.
You probably heard about scurvy – the disease that plagued sailors until the end of the 18th century? Their diet while at sea was so poor that it didn’t provide any Vitamin C.
That had a disaster effect.
Without Vitamin C body stops making collagen, and it falls apart – the joints fail because they can no longer keep the cartilage and tendons strong, blood vessels break open, gums ulcerate and teeth fall out, immune system deteriorates, and the person dies.
It’s a very drastic example but it shows that without Vitamin C we can’t function.
Because of the extensive impact Vitamin C has on our whole system, even a deficiency in Vitamin C can be harmful and can be a factor in generating a variety of diseases and disorders throughout our body.
Vitamin C is also known to regulate our cortisol levels.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that is released when our body is subjected to stress. And it’s not only the usual stress that comes with an everyday life that has an effect.
Exercise and lack of sleep pay a big role in upping cortisol levels as well.
This hormone assist in the body’s flight or fight response, giving you the energy to deal with the stress. This burst of energy is definitely needed in the stress moment. But if cortisol level is high for a longer period of time it’s extremely disruptive to the body and may result in various health problems such as high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, depression, anxiety, and weight gain.
Vitamin C can help manage cortisol levels in our body and keep our system balanced.
Overall I think it’s safe to say our health is directly linked to Vitamin C. It’s a good idea to make sure we get enought of Vitamin C in our diet.