Why is a daily dose of Vitamin C so important?
Vitamin C is an immune system booster bar none. It is essential to many body functions, not the least of which is the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. This powerful antioxidant protects your cells from free radicals – the molecules that damage cell tissue and DNA which then leads to premature ageing and chronic disease.
Unlike antioxidants vitamin E and A which defend cell membranes, vitamin C patrols the watery areas of the body like the bloodstream or the cell interior. White blood cells use vitamin C to combat infections, reduce inflammation and heal wounds. It is also important in the production of collagen, a protein that makes the skin, teeth, bones, joints and blood vessels strong.
Your body doesn’t produce vitamin C naturally so it is important to eat plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables every day or get a boost by taking a high-quality supplement.
Because vitamin C is water-soluble it’is not stored in the body and is quickly excreted. Stress can also cause the body to shed vitamin C rapidly, making it important to have an extra dose of vitamin C during times of stress to help keep your immune system healthy and strong.