Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It also has a big role in inflammation, so is very relevant to the current COVID pandemic. Some of vitamin C’s main benefits:
- A powerful antioxidant – it protects the body from oxidative stress and prevents damage to our cells and other tissues.
- Helps in the breakdown of dopamine (dopamine is needed for calm and can help reduce anxiety).
- Assists the body to form collagen (found in all of our connective tissues, skin, blood vessels etc). A deficiency can result in bleeding gums and loose teeth, bruising, dry skin and nails, joint pain and swelling.
- Improves energy, focus & well-being – vitamin C supports the adrenal gland, so it can calm that stress response down.
- Key for gut health & digestion – Gut dysfunction can impair absorption of Vitamin C. It is essential for the gut mucosal barrier (i.e. it may protect against leaky gut).
- Vitamin C helps break down histamine – Vitamin C increases DAO activity (DAO is an enzyme that degrades dietary histamine).
- Vitamin C also helps to regulate our immune system. This is because our immune cells (e.g. white blood cells) contain high levels of vitamin C. During infections vitamin C levels can become depleted which can impact our immune system.
However, as with all ‘good’ things, it’s wise to air a little caution and keep the following in mind:
- Ascorbic acid can increase oxalate issues for some. However, many people with oxalate issues also see benefits from a little vitamin C. Dosage and frequency is key here.
- Vitamin C can also cause detox, including rashes, headaches etc. Most people don’t usually get these symptoms for long, especially if it is dosed carefully.
- Vitamin C can reduce copper, so too much can cause a copper deficiency.
Generally I usually only microdose this vitamin. However, dosage & requirements vary depending on factors such as diet, mineral levels, stressors and oxalates issues. This is why we tailor all of our supplement plans, taking both test results and individual factors, into account. Please do contact us if you would like to know more about what we do.