Health & Fitness

An Introduction to Vitamin C

When you’ve got a cold – even in the summer! – the best thing to do is stock up on vitamin C, right? Kind of. By then, it’s already too late, but that’s not to say that vitamin C doesn’t play an important role in warding off the common cold. We need vitamin C year-round, to prevent us from getting a cold in the first place, and that’s not the only thing this amazing supplement is good for, either.

Vitamin C supplements can help to bolster your immune system and keep you cold-free. They can also contribute to maintaining normal energy levels, keeping your skin clear and your teeth and bones healthy.

British sailors used to carry citrus fruits on long voyages, to stop them getting scurvy – a disease which results from a lack of vitamin C. It’s why we were so often referred to by North Americans as ‘limeys’.

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Why doesn’t vitamin C cure my cold?

It’s a bit of a misunderstanding that vitamin C is some kind of miracle cure for the common cold. Vitamin C is a vitamin, right? The common cold is caused by a virus. Once the virus has taken hold inside your body, there’s little that extra vitamin C can do to flush it out.

Vitamin C is important before a cold hits. Vitamin C will help to bolster your immune system, making it stronger, and better-equipped to deal with the cold virus.

What is vitamin C good for?

  • Immune system protection
  • Healthy skin
  • Healthy bones and teeth
  • Stable energy levels

Trivia: vitamin C is also known as:

Ascorbic acid

When and how much vitamin C should I take?

Vitamin C is best taken with food. If you’re taking vitamin C supplements alongside a healthy diet, then one tablet twice a day is suggested for both our vitamin C with rosehip and bioflavonoid supplement and our chewable vitamin C tablets. If you would prefer to drink your vitamin C, then 5g of vitamin C powder with your favourite juice or smoothie could be the way to go.

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