Here are some interesting facts on Vitamin C:
- Also known as Ascorbic Acid
- Sometimes used as a preservative – if you see “ascorbic acid” towards the end of the ingredients list then chances are it is used as a preservative (i.e. cured meats, candies)
- Most mammals can synthesize vitamin C inside their body by themselves. But humans cannot & neither can fruit bats, guinea pigs, nor primates (our closest ancestors)
- Acts as one of the most important antioxidants
- Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. This means it can be digested & absorbed with water (as opposed to fat)
- Used in the formation of collagen. Collagen is in the skin, bones, connective tissue (ligaments, tendons) and even blood.
- Aids in the formation of various hormones and neurotransmitters. Some of these include:
|Norepinephrine & Epinephrine – the hormones responsible for blood regulation & the “adrenaline rush”
Serotonin – which helps with mood & sleep
- Most Vitamin C supplements is made from corn!
- For smokers & women who use estrogen-containing birth control: you guys will have a decrease in the amount of Vitamin C in your body so it’s best if you increase your Vitamin C intake
- Made from glucose (glucose is a primary sugar the human body uses for energy)
- Those who are diabetics will have a lower level of Vitamin C. Insulin also carries Vitamin C so it is recommended to increase your Vitamin C intake if you have diabetes. Word of caution: Talk to your doctor first concerning the possible side effects
- If you take too much Vitamin C you’ll just get rid of the excess through your urine. But there are some possible side effects in taking too much Vitamin C