Vitamin C is probably the first nutrient you'd think of to combat colds and support the immune system, but did you know it has many other amazing benefits! Some key actions of Vitamin C include:
Vitamin C accumulates in phagocytic cells, such as neutrophils, and can enhance chemotaxis, phagocytosis, generation of reactive oxygen species, and ultimately microbial killing, is also important for recycling other anti-oxidants like vitamin E
Helps reduce blood pressure, and LDL levels (bad cholesterol), Reduces risk of atherosclerosis, supports integrity of blood vessels thereby reducing spider veins and varicose veins.
Vitamin C is a precursor for collagen production. Collagen is the main structural protein found in the body's various connective tissues. It is responsible for healthy joints and skin elasticity, or stretchiness. It's in your bones, muscles, and blood, comprising three quarters of your skin and a third of the protein in your body that assists in supporting gut lining, skin, nails, and hair health.
Needed for Gum Health
Vitamin C is the go to nutrient for gum inflammation and gingivitis.
The functions of vitamin C in the brain include acting as a co-factor for dopamine beta-hydroxylase in the conversion of dopamine to noradrenaline, involvement in the modulation of both dopaminergic and glutamatergic neurotransmission, and regulation of catecholamine and acetylcholine release from synaptic vesicle, it also extends cerebral blood flow. These actions help to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and improve cognition on a significant level. Clinical trials support these findings and the role Vitamin C plays in mental health.