Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, who first proposed that Vitamin C might keep sniffles, sneezes, and even cancer at bay, generated a flurry of research with the publication of his 1970 book Vitamin C and the Common Cold and the Flu. Since then, research has shown many important functions for Vitamin C:
- Needed to form collagen, the major protein of connective tissue, cartilage and bone.
- Antioxidant protection.
- Necessary for iron absorption, transport and storage.
- Plays a role in the metabolism of the amino acids tyrosine and tryptophan
- Helps metabolise fats i.e. Cholesterol
- Required for strong teeth and bones
- Required for healthy gums
- Helps with wound healing
- Reduces severity and duration of colds
- Has antihistamine properties
- Required to convert folic acid to its active form.
Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble antioxidant and as most of our body weight is water in which Vitamin C resides, the vitamin has a large area to protect.
Vitamin C and Immunity
Vitamin C may boost the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies. The immune system responds more rapidly when the cells are saturated with Vitamin C. Vitamin C may help control viral infections causing polio, cold sores, fever blisters, shingles, pneumonia, hepatitis, measles, viral encephalitis, and influenza. Vitamin C may not necessarily prevent you catching a cold but it can reduce the length of a cold by at least a day!
Vitamin C and Cancer
Low intakes of vitamin C are associated with a two fold increase in the risk of cancers of the breast, cervix, oesophagus, lung, mouth, pancreas, rectum, colon, and stomach.
Vitamin C and heart health
In a recent study, men who were deficient in Vitamin C were three times more likely to have a heart attack compared to men who were not deficient in Vitamin C. Also, a good Vitamin C status may cut your risk of a stroke in half.
I have mentioned some of the reasons why Vitamin C supplementation is so vital. It is important to remember that although Vitamin C is readily available in foods, most people do not get enough, and humans are one of the few species that cannot make Vitamin C.
How much Vitamin C do I need?
The recommended intake according to many of the world’s leading nutritionists is between 500-1500mg of Vitamin C each day.
Why Neolife Vitamin C supplementation
- Whole food sources
In nature, Vitamin C does not exist in isolation. It exists in fruits and vegetables with bioflavonoids, proteins, carbohydrates, and other factors which work together to improve Vitamin C;s bioavailability. Our vitamin C contains high-potency, high purity Vitamin C as well as related factors such as lemon bioflavonoid complex, hesperidin (a flavonoid from grapefruit) and rutin (a flavonoid from buckwheat) for maximum bioavailability.
- Guaranteed potency
Because Vitamin C is so fragile, we manufacture our products with 10-20% more Vitamin C than claimed by the label to assure full potency throughout the guaranteed shelf life.