Most people are well aware of the antioxidant properties of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and how it important it is in order to maintain and protect the immune system. Vitamin C has been used over the years to aid and assist the body in resisting colds and flus, fight viruses, bacterial/ fungal infections and provide general support for health and wellbeing . Very few people are aware of the role of Vitamin C in collagen synthesis.
When you consider that wrinkle cream you have been thinking of buying, consider this; if you're not getting enough Vitamin C the cream sure as heck isn't going to help. Vitamin C is a vital molecule for not only skin health but also for every aspect that collagen is present. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that Vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photo damage. Vitamin C is crucial at every process of collagen production which makes it vital for joint and tissue health plus Anti aging!
There is even more collagen in the skin, bones, teeth, blood vessels, eye, heart, and, in fact, essentially all parts of the body. Collagen as strong white fibres, stronger than steel wire of the same weight, and as yellow elastic networks (called Elastin), constitutes the connective tissue that holds our bodies together. Without collagen production our teeth would fall out, our bones would diminish, our joints would be extremely painful and our skin condition would suffer immensely. If we look back at the old days when an individual would be suffering from scurvy, the first thing to go is the collagen production because of the lack of nourishment....eventually everything falls apart and eventually death would follow. Fortunately we don't have to worry about this awful disease but sometimes be reminded why supplementing the diet is extremely important for many processes not just the ones we show in the selfies.
The stress of training on our joints and ligaments is immense so it pays to make sure we are supporting our bodies with the right supplementation to enable it to repair and rebuild. Take your Protein shake after training with a Vitamin C. You really will notice the difference. Not only will you help rebuild the and repair the connective tissues, but you will also help to fight those free radicals that come about during stressful situations on the body such as exercise and training.
Vitamin should sit right next to your protein on the shelf as a 365 day a year Good habit
To recap, Vitamin C will assist you in:
- Protecting the immune system, fighting flus, colds, viruses and bacterial/ fungal infections
- Collagen production for healthy skin, nails, bones, joints and hair
- Providing Antioxidant support