Stress, immune system, anti age: discover Vitamin C benefits

Vitamin C is one of most effective antioxidants against stress, immune system, aging, easy to assume both with food and vitamin supplements.

vitamin c antioxidant ascorbic acid stress immune systemVitamin C benefits for the body

Vitamin C is the vitamin everyone knows about. It has many functions, most importantly the production of collagen, a protein used by the body to build tissues like teeth and bones, blood vessels, cartilage, sinew.

The ascorbic acid - this is its chemical principle - is also a powerful antioxidant, an immune system protector, a regulator in steel and copper absorbtion, a structural element for hormones and neurotransmitters.

Vitamin C and immune system

Being a naturopath and nutritionist. I often recommend Vitamin C to support our body during winter cold, change of seasons, heavy stress periods.

Many medical researches have discovered that low levels of Vitamin C weaken the immune system; this happens because white blood cells, like leukocytes and lymphocytes, contains this particular vitamin.

Stress and vitamin C

The antioxidant properties of ascorbic acid protect body's inner tissues, as well as other molecules like vitamin A and vitamin E. 

Why stress damages our body?

The methabolism has to increase under stress situation like:

  • long lasting concentration without pauses
  • tight work schedules
  • insufficient nutrition
  • air and water pollution
  • toxins and chemical substances eaten along with processed foods
  • sleep time reduction
  • psychological pressure

All this factors lead to toxins accumulation and free radicals; vitamin C protects the body and stimulates depuration.

Vitamin C and nutrition

What is the recommended vitamin C intake? WHO suggestion si 60mg a day for adults, 80mg during pregnancy and 100mg during breastfeed.

There is any problem in a higher intake, thought. FOr example, Dr. Linus Pauling - the 2 times Nobel Prize US chemist, famous for its studies on vitamin C - supported much higher standards, from 2g to 9g normally and even more under stress or illness.

How can I take my C vitamin?

Today ther are plenty of vitamin C supplements, due to unhealthy, processed foods and the difficulty to eat every day fresh fruit and vegetables.

Luckily, ascorbic acid can be found in many foods; a diverse diet not only helps getting the right amount of this vitamin, but also keeps us healthy and vibrant with energy,

If you can eat fruit and greens, I suggest organic products. Here is a list of many foods containing vitamin C:

Fruit

  • oranges
  • tangerines
  • grapefruit
  • mango
  • guava
  • melons
  • khaki
  • kiwi
  • Lemon juice
  • blueberries
  • papaya
  • strawberries

Greens and vegetables

  • Brussels sprouts
  • black cabbage
  • elderberries
  • spicy chilli
  • rape
  • red peppers
  • cabbage leaves
  • asparagus
  • parsley
  • green cabbage leaves
  • thistle
  • Turnip greens
  • fresh onions
  • green peppers
  • broccoli
  • okra
  • mustard leaves
  • watercress
  • eye beans
  • cauliflower
  • lima beans
  • soybeans
  • red cabbage
  • potatoes
  • fresh green peas
  • radishes
  • spinach
  • chinese cabbage
  • cabbage
  • pumpkin
  • tomatoes

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