Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is important for the body’s immune system. It promotes resistance to stress, improves our mood, burns fat, speeds up healing times, stimulates the production of connective tissue, protects joint cartilage, strengthens tooth-supporting tissues, and fights off colds and flus.
Tone, energy, vitality
Vitamin C contributes to cellular respiration processes, promoting the use of energy at cell level. It promotes fat burning, enhances the absorption of many other vitamins, and promotes the synthesis of the neurotransmitter noradrenalin, performing an overall toning action on the body.
Ascorbic acid helps fight off infections. It neutralises toxic substances by promoting their elimination, inhibits the formation of nitrosamines due to the nitrites and nitrates in foods (cold cuts, frankfurters, canned meats). In particular it stimulates the immune system, and according to some studies, even performs a preventive action in certain types of tumours.
Vitamin C promotes the formation of dentin and contributes to the formation and regeneration of bone tissue, in particular of the cartilage covering our joints. It speeds up the healing times of wounds and burns.
Vitamin C deficiency
A particularly high content is found in fresh fruit and certain vegetables, but it is the least stable of all vitamins since it easily deteriorates following exposure to oxygen in the air, light, and high temperatures.
Deficiencies occur in diets with a low intake of fresh and raw fruit and vegetables, with overcooked foods, regular consumption of canned foods, and over-boiled cow’s milk.
Symptoms of deficiency include: physical weakness, lack of appetite, low resistance to infectious diseases (especially in childhood), recurring colds, delayed healing processes, joint and muscle pain, digestive disorders, skin and mucosa alterations and bleeding, anaemia.
Vitamin C in the market
The biochemical structure of vitamins is identical in both natural foods and laboratory-made pills. Regardless, consuming foods rich in micronutrients that interact and strengthen each other is the ideal way to satisfy our vitamin intake requirements. On the other hand, in cases of a reduced intake, increased need or excessive loss, specific supplementation is required with Vitamin C-based supplements.