SFH #161: The Vitamin C Basics

Revisiting that chewable many of us took as kids

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a stealth vitamin in its comprehensive abilities. It is a water-soluble vitamin located in many fruits and vegetables, serving as an antioxidant, supporting our immune function, neutralizing free radicals, and reducing inflammation and disease risk. We also use vitamin C to synthesize valuable compounds like collagen. It may also reduce the risk of many viral infections, varying in severity from chickenpox to HIV. And not to be left out, Vitamin C helps us burn fat helping us with utilization and weight management.

Most animals can synthesize their vitamin C, but we (humans) have to get it from our diet or supplements. You'll find high amounts in guava, kiwi, bell peppers, rose hips, and more from a food standpoint. It's best to eat 'C' rich foods raw because cooking and exposure to oxidation can significantly reduce potency in food. Supplementation depends on current diet, age, gender, and lifestyle. Our 'C' needs are a valley through life as we need it more in infancy and at later stages of life. 100 mg to 250 mg is the most common daily recommendation, though you can see ranges up to 1000 mg. Again, consulting with a medical professional is best. Though if you are experimenting, start with the smaller dose to see what changes you notice. Here's a rundown of options and how to make your 'C' choices.

Don't sleep on good old vitamin C. Have some around for the antioxidant support strucutre.