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Vitamin C - is it just for colds?

Vitamin C - more than oranges

Collagen is often the first thing that people look towards when thinking plump, firm skin, collagen is responsible for skin elasticity, firmness, and overall appearance, but what is an essential vitamin essential for collagen synthesis? Vitamin C. This humble vitamin serves a vital role in the process of collagen formation, offering many benefits that extend far beyond just skin health.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, a portion of skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are made of collagen. It provides structural support and strength to tissues, like a scaffold that holds the body together, and vitamin C is essential for collagen to do its job and keep you healthy

Vitamin C, (ascorbic acid), is a vitamin known for its antioxidant properties and its essential role in various body processes. One of its primary functions is serving as a "helper" for enzymes involved in collagen synthesis.

Without adequate vitamin C, collagen production is impaired, leading to abnormalities in collagen fibers and weak tissue integrity. Lack of vitamin C can range from poor wound healing and fragile blood vessels, sore gums and dental issues ( Scurvey as an extreme vitamin C deficiency), to premature wrinkles, sagging, and loss of elasticity.

Vitamin C's antioxidant properties help protect the skin from oxidative stress induced by environmental factors such as UV radiation and pollution. By scavenging free radicals and neutralizing oxidation, Vitamin C helps slow collagen breakdown and preserve skin structure, delaying the onset of wrinkles and fine lines.

Applying vitamin C topically is a great way to target the Vitamin C to actively work on the skin, as the body will always prioritize internal organs first ( as it should )  if taken orally and the skin receives Vitamin C last when the body is distributing vitamin C.

Vitamin C serves is a building block for collagen formation, affecting tissue structure, function, and overall health. Whether for radiant skin, strong bones, or robust blood vessels, ensuring adequate vitamin C intake is essential for supporting collagen synthesis and maintaining vitality from the inside out, So remember  with vitamin C, that you're not just nourishing your body – you're also nurturing the very fabric that holds you together.


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