Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin needed by the body for many vital metabolic reactions. Humans, unlike most mammals, do not have the ability to make their own vitamin C in their bodies. Our vitamin C must therefore come from diet and supplementation.
What does vitamin C do?
As we all know vitamin C is an important antioxidant and benefits many biochemical processes in the body but it is also able to increase the production of collagen, elastin, and other reinforcement molecules in the body. 50% of all proteins in our bodies are used for biological reinforcement molecules. Vitamin C adds hydrogen and oxygen to amino acids within the collagen molecules so that they are able to manufacture collagen. Collagen is an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, skin, teeth, bones, organs, and it is found in cartilage.
Adequate vitamin C supplies are necessary to prevent scurvy, a collagen deficiency disease. If you don’t get the proper amount of vitamin C, collagen production will slow with the resultant increase in aging.
When the collagen in the blood vessel walls begins to break down, an early form of scurvy, the vessel walls become unstable. The result is the formation of millions of minute lesions and larger cracks in the coronary arteries and other blood vessel walls. The coronary arteries are compressed flat over 100,000 times per day because of the pumping action of the heart. This action is like taking a water hose and jumping on it 100,000 times per day, every day. As the blood vessel walls begin to break down the body’s natural repair mechanisms begin to take action and large quantities of cholesterol and other repair factors such as lipoproteins are produced in the liver. These large quantities of cholesterol etc are released into the bloodstream where they enter the blood vessel walls and begin to repair the damage. Because the coronary arteries are most stressed and therefore sustain the most damage they require the most repair work. The cholesterol is just performing its correct function of stabilizing the blood vessel walls. For more information see our Cardiovascular Program.
Vitamin C is also responsible for the conversion of cholesterol into harmless bile acids.
Skin Health (anti-aging)
A decline in collagen production will not only make skin more susceptible to sagging and wrinkles, but it might also make it more susceptible to bruising. What collagen does for our skin, in particular, is it keeps it firm and resilient, and it protects it from age-related wrinkling.
Vitamin C is needed as a coenzyme for many metabolic pathways. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is vital for immune function. Even low levels of vitamin C may protect indispensable molecules in the body, such as proteins, lipids (fats), carbohydrates, and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and from damage by free radicals by and reactive oxygen species that can be generated during normal metabolism as well as through exposure to the many forms of toxins and pollutants (e.g. smoking and traffic). Vitamin C may also be vital because it works in synergy with other antioxidants such as vitamin E. It is also necessary to convert folic acid into its active form and helps the body absorb iron.
Our formula combines vitamin C with calcium and is buffered in case the acidic nature of Vitamin C irritates your stomach. It also assists in keeping your body more alkaline and therefore healthier.
Vitamin C is important for the synthesis of neurotransmitters which are vital for brain function and have an effect on mood.
Another function of vitamin C is the synthesis of carnitine, which is vital for energy production in the mitochondria.
Primary Uses Connective tissue, bone and skin health, immune function, antioxidant, cardiovascular health, and anti-aging.
Secondary Uses: Converts Folic acid into the active form, helps the body absorb iron.