The immune-boosting benefits of vitamin C often take up the spotlight. However, while adequate levels of vitamin C are essential for a strong immune system, it's by no means a one trick pony.
What Does Vitamin C Support?As well as supporting optimal immune function, vitamin C also actively supports:
- Collagen synthesis necessary for healthy hair, skin and nails
- Wound healing
- Production of neurotransmitters serotonin, melatonin
- Protect us from oxidative stress (as an antioxidant)
- Blocking the conversion of nitrites into nitrosamines—good news for bacon eaters, make sure you have some vitamin C with your bacon.
How Much Vitamin C Do We Need?
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C is 60mg. This is based on the average levels of vitamin C found in people who had scurvy. Therefore the RDA is based on the amount you need to not get scurvy…
With health being a spectrum, we're not interested in the lower in of the spectrum just narrowly avoiding scurvy and other illnesses that comes with nutritional deficiencies. What we are interested in is providing our bodies with adequate nutrients to give them the best shot at optimal health and wellbeing to improve our quality and enjoyment of life.
As a baseline, the recommended optimal daily allowance is 300mg. However, when we're under the weather, we have an increased need for vitamin C such as when we are unwell, and our body will absorb a higher amount.
Can I Take Too Much Vitamin C?
Our body is smart, and levels of vitamin C are tightly regulated. Any excess vitamin C is excreted.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, and has a short half-life, meaning it doesn't stay in our body very long. Replenishing our vitamin C stores a few times throughout the day ensures that we are adequately stocked, and our body has the necessary resources to undertake its vitamin C dependent processes such as immune molecule production.
Where Can I Get Vitamin C From?
Citrus fruits high in vitamin C come into season around autumn-winter when our requirements are heightened—nature is smart!
Fruits like oranges, lemons, kiwifruit are great sources of vitamin C… when they're fresh off the tree. 80% of the water soluble vitamins in produce are lost within four days of harvest. The chances of us actually eating our produce within this timeframe are slim—unless we shop locally and seasonally.
So in our modern-day lifestyles, vitamin C is tricky to get adequate levels through food alone. Supplementing with bioavailable vitamin C throughout the day supports our immune system, and whole body wellness too.
We have formulated BePure Super Boost C as a high-quality, high-strength source of vitamin C with improved bioavailability with the addition of bioflavonoids and zinc.