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What you should know about vitamin C

Nutrition & Wellbeing

Many fruits, vegetables and supplements are a great source of vitamin C, but how much does your body really need?

Vitamin C, which is sometimes known as ascorbic acid, is one of the 10 key vitamins and minerals that help maintain your immune system. Therefore, it’s important to get your daily dose. Vitamin C contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress as it acts as an antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radicals. Further, it also helps your body to absorb iron. As the human body doesn’t produce or store vitamin C, you need to consume it regularly. In fact, the average adult should consume 75 to 90 milligrams daily1. So, where can you get vitamin C?

Sources of vitamin C

You can fill much of your daily requirement by eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, for example, has about 100 mg of vitamin C, while 100 g of green peppers have about 117 mg. Let that green pepper ripen to a red pepper and the vitamin C level jumps to 140 mg! But, let’s face it, in the chaos of everyday life, it’s easy to fall short of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. Therefore, supplements can help fill any potential nutritional gaps. However, it’s important to note that more is not always better.

As your body cannot store vitamin C, once it reaches its absorption limit, any more added to your system is simply flushed out along with all the other things your body doesn’t need. Think of it this way: if you were to fill a glass with water from the tap and not turn the water off when the glass got full, the water would simply overflow and go straight down the drain.

Is it possible to consume too much?

While your body is able to remove excess vitamin C, there are some potential side effects of consuming too much, including nausea and stomach cramps. However, if you choose to consume vitamin C with the aid of supplements, Nutrilite™ can help. Regular vitamin C supplements tend to deliver a spike of the vitamin that drops after about two hours. With Nutrilite™ Vitamin C Plus Extended Release, the special formula uses a fibrous ingredient that allows the tablet to slowly dissolve in your gut throughout the day. In fact, Nutrilite Principal Research Scientist Dawna Venzon says, “It is not only absorbed better – it also remains in the bloodstream for a longer period of time, supplying a steady rate of vitamin C for your body to use.” And when you have sustained levels of vitamin C in your bloodstream, you are also supporting your immune system.

Sustainably sourced

Acerola cherry is one of the key ingredients found in Nutrilite™ Vitamin C Plus, and it’s naturally rich in the wonder vitamin. Best of all, it’s sustainably sourced from the Ubajara Nutrilite farm in Brazil. There are 77 varieties of acerola trees on the farm, and the cherries are carefully harvested only when they’re green. This is when the vitamin C concentration is at its peak. By including acerola cherry extract in the Nutrilite Vitamin C Plus formula, the unique supplement more closely resembles phytonutrients found in the natural whole fruit. Some other supplements only use synthetic vitamin C, and while this provides the key benefits of natural vitamin C, it lacks the phytonutrients found in whole fruits and vegetables.

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Whether you get your vitamin C from fruits and vegetables or the supplement of your choice, the most important thing is that you consume enough of it.

1 National Institutes of Health, dietary supplements: vitamin C

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