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Vitamin C

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Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin that is an essential nutrient and powerful antioxidant needed by the body.

Roles & Functions

Vitamin C plays a vital role in many bodily functions...
  • It helps in the formation of collagen - an essential component of connective tissue
  • It aids in vision
  • It helps with wound healing
  • Maintain bone and blood vessel strength 
  • It helps regenerate other antioxidants E.g. Vitamin E
  • It boosts immunity
  • Protects you against heart disease
  • Lowers LDL ('bad') cholesterol and triglycerides 
  • It helps improve the absorption of iron

Vitamin C

Feeling Low?

    If you are not consuming adequate amounts of Vitamin C you could be more prone to the disease, Scurvy. Scurvy is rare these days, however, is a severe illness. 
    If you are majorly deficient in Vitamin C you may experience symptoms such as bleeding gums, weakness of connective tissue (which could interfere with previous, old wounds not healing or re opening up), fatigue, exhaustion, muscle, joint aches and pains, leg rashes, and capillary fragility.

    Who Is More at Risk?

    Anyone can be a risk if you are not getting adequate intake, however, there are minority groups that are more susceptible. The following are groups more likely to at risk of obtaining insufficient amounts of vitamin C....

    • Smokers
    • Infants fed evaporated or boiled milk
    • People who don't experiment or have little food variety in their diet
    • People who have malabsorption
    • People who have some chronic diseases

    Foods

    Vitamin C is naturally present in many food sources, particularly fruits and vegetables. Apart from fruit and vegetables, there are also many other options these days such as having fortified Vitamin C products available E.g. cereals. 

    As Vitamin C is water soluble vitamin, its storage life is minimal (as ascorbic acid can be destroyed by heat). Therefore it is much more beneficial to consume Vitamin C enriched foods in raw form.

    Vitamin C Foods

    Some foods that are abundant in Vitamin C are...

    • Oranges

    Orange

    • Kiwi Fruit

    Kiwi Fruit

    • Strawberries
    Strawberries
    • Broccoli
    Brocoli
    • Green Capsicum (Green Pepper)  
    Green Capsicum

     

    Supplementation

    Although there are many forms of Vitamin C, when supplemented, it is generally in the form of ascorbic acid. Supplementing Vitamin C contains equivalent bioavailability as it does through acquiring food.

    Spartansuppz are happy to announce we are now stocking 'NOW Foods C-500 Plus', Vitamin C tablets. This is a very high quality Vitamin C supplement. As we have stated, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is crucial for many bodily functions and general health.

    During the winter months, it in inevitable we are more susceptible to the flu or viruses. So, Vitamin C is a highly recommended supplement to take during this contagious time alongside a very balanced diet. Why no be precautions, and boost your immunity before it's too late!

    Vitamin C Now Foods

     


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