Vitamin C – More Powerful Than You Know
When you think of Vitamin C, you most likely think about oranges or treating colds, but Vitamin C has more health benefits than you may imagine. The use of Vitamin C for improving health dates back to the 1700s, when citrus juice became an issued regulation to prevent scurvy for navy officers. In the 1880s British sailors began to use limes as their source of citrus (due to a Caribbean influence). This is also where the term “limeys”
originated (the practice of supplying rations of lime juice to British sailors). By the early 1900s scientists started to isolate the particular nutrient responsible for the healing of scurvy. In 1932 a British chemist isolated the substance called “hexuronic acid” and renamed it “ascorbic acid.” This substance is also known today as Vitamin C. Jump ahead to 1970 when chemist Linus Pauling wrote a book about Vitamin C and the common cold, after which, Vitamin C became a household name. Today, Vitamin C continues to be studied for its essential role in the body. Did you know that your body does not produce this vital vitamin, making it essential to get it through your diet? One of the most important functions of Vitamin C is in the formulation and repair of collagen (the connective tissue that holds the body's cells and tissues together). Collagen is a primary component of blood vessels, skin, tendons, and ligaments. Vitamin C also promotes the normal development of bones and teeth. Furthermore, it's needed for amino acid metabolism and the synthesis of hormones, including the thyroid hormone that controls the rate of metabolism in the body. Vitamin C also aids the absorption of iron and calcium. It has tremendous benefits as an antioxidant by protecting immune fighter cells and destroying free radicals that can cause disease. It even gives vitamin E a helping hand so it can function better. Vitamin C does such as good job at protection, it is often used as a natural preservative and prevents foods from discoloring. It can help with the common cold by reducing the severity of cold symptoms, acting as a natural antihistamine for allergies, and strengthens a compromised immune system. Did you know that your body uses Vitamin C to support your stress hormones and when you are under stress it uses large amounts of this vitamin to get back on track?
What to Look for in a Vitamin C Supplement
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. Your body will not produce more acid by taking it. In fact, Vitamin C-rich foods, such as some citrus fruits, can be alkaline forming because your body naturally burns off any acids, mostly through urine output. However, to overcome any concerns for those that have acid reflux, kidney stones or gout and to help your body better absorb the Vitamin C, companies like Sisu will buffer the Vitamin C, providing a neutralizing effect. Sisu Ester-C® has created a unique line of Vitamin C supplements that are buffered with calcium ascorbic acid, providing support for up to 24 hours, better absorption and more bioavailability. Ester C is also non acid, making
it gentle on the digestive system. Sisu Ester C products have added bioflavonoids as well. Bioflavonoids not only help the absorption of the Vitamin C; they also have their own set of benefits for your immune health. Your Vitamin C requirements depend on your general health and the amount of Vitamin C foods you consume, as well as your stress levels. Sisu Ester C comes in powdered energy packages – Sisu Ester C Energy or Ester C capsules, powder or chewable. They also provide different versions for children. Stick to the label recommendations and keep your upper limit to no more than 2000 mg a day. When you consume more than this, it could have a laxative effect and cause an upset stomach, gas and diarrhea. Vitamin C supplements may also interact with certain medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, tetracycline, blood thinners, HIV medications, antacids and chemotherapy medications.
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