Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and, therefore, the maintenance of youthful skin.
Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin, an essential nutrient and an excellent antioxidant in the body.
Water-soluble vitamins (vitamins B and C) are not sufficiently stored in the body and, therefore, regular integration is required.
As an antioxidant, vitamin C is important in protecting the body against damage caused by free radicals. It acts as a detoxifier and may reduce the side effects of certain drugs and it may also reduce the toxicity of the heavy metals lead, mercury and arsenic.
Vitamin C is vital in the production and maintenance of collagen, an important structural component of skin, ligaments, cartilage, vertebral discs, joint linings, capillary walls, teeth and bone. Collagen gives support and shape to the body, helps wounds heal and maintains healthy blood vessels.
Vitamin C aids in the metabolism of tyrosine, folic acid and tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted in the presence of ascorbic acid to serotonin, an important brain chemical. Vitamin C helps folic acid convert to its active form and tyrosine needs vitamin C to form the neurotransmitter substances dopamine and epinephrine. Vitamin C also aids in thyroid hormone production, thus supporting healthy energy-yielding metabolism and reducing tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin C also stimulates adrenal function and increases the body's ability to cope with stress.
Vitamin C has been shown to stimulate the immune system by boosting the activity of white blood cells and increasing interferon production, thus helping prevent and treat a wide range of viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
Vitamin C was first isolated from lemons in 1932. However, the scourge of scurvy, vitamin C deficiency, has been recognised for thousands of years. It was described by Aristotle in 450 B.C. as a syndrome characterised by lack of energy, gum inflammation, tooth decay and bleeding problems. In the 1700s, high percentages of sailors died from scurvy until it was discovered that the juice of lemons could cure and prevent this deadly disease. British navy ships started carrying limes from the West Indies to maintain the sailors' health, who became known as "limeys".Buy Lumity