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Vitamin C – the best loved Antioxidant

Are you feeling stressed or going through a stressful and/or emotional time in your life? Chances are this is depleting your vitamin c levels. This is because the adrenal glands contain a lot of vitamin c and during times of stress vit c is released into the blood stream, leaving you low on supplies.

Vitamin c is important because it keeps the immune system functioning, supporting the body to fight infections and viruses. It is also an important co-factor in many biological mechanisms in your body. Take your thyroid for example, it helps with the synthesis of you thyroid hormone, Thyroxin. Vitamin c is needed for optimal iron absorption.  Vitamin C also converts tryptophan (a protein) to serotonin (your happy hormone). It also helps the Mitochondria (your energy batteries inside each and every one of your cells) to make energy.

If you are low in Vitamin c, you might feel symptoms such as:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Pin-point haemorrhages/broken capillaries
  • Lots of colds and/or infections

What to do

Vitamin c supplementation is very popular, with 100’s of different types and varieties. Yes, antioxidant supplementation definitely has a place, but with all vitamins and minerals, supplementation needs to be monitored as Vitamin c can turn Pro-oxidant at high levels. Pro-oxidant is the opposite of antioxidant, causing more oxidative damage, which puts more burden on your system.  As a Nutritional Therapist, I look to the best supplement you can buy – Food!

How can I find vitamin C in my foods

Berries, strawberries are good but Elderberry and Acerola cherry are especially rich in vitamin c. Don’t forget your greens! Kale has 3x as much vitamin c compared to oranges. Brussel sprouts and broccoli too are great sources of Vitamin c.

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