Welcome back to our series of articles as we deep dive into the individual ingredients that make up the TurmeriX® blend. Each ingredient was chosen to be part of the blend for its unique individual properties and for its complementary synergy when mixed with other powerful natural ingredients. One ingredient on its own cannot do it all, but when taken together that is where the effectiveness happens!
This week our in-depth look is at Vitamin C (also known as - Ascorbic Acid)!
So… What is Vitamin C?
Ascorbic Acid, ascorbate, or Vitamin C is a natural water-soluble vitamin. It is well known to be an essential nutrient for our bodies.
Vitamin C cannot be produced by human beings, nor be stored. It must be included in our diet and be ingested so that our body can take benefit from its properties.
The World Health Organization considers Ascorbic Acid to be one of the safest and most effective medicines needed by our health system. The best source of Vitamin C comes from fresh vegetables and fruits (citrus fruits being a premium choice as you may already know).
Vitamin C as an Antioxidant
One of the primary roles of Ascorbic Acid is to act as an antioxidant by fighting the free radicals (unstable atoms that can cause damage to our cells) present in our body. Antioxidants can decrease oxidative damage directly via reacting with free radicals or indirectly by inhibiting the activity or expression of free radicals. It thus protects against oxidative stress and premature cellular aging.
Vitamin C as an Immune System Booster
Vitamin C plays a major role in maintaining proper immune functions. Indeed, it participates in the production of antibodies and the activation of lymphocytes, thus allowing the body to defend itself against internal and external pathogens. It supports various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune systems.
Vitamin C as a Collagen Booster
Collagen is the primary structural component of connective tissues, such as skin, cartilage, and capillaries. By enhancing collagen synthesis, Vitamin C also has an anti-aging effect. Not only does it help the natural moisturization of the skin, but it also has shown to enhance the protective barrier function.
Studies have indicated that Vitamin C might have the potential to accelerate the healing of a post-injury, by increasing type I collagen synthesis, and reduce oxidative stress parameters.
Vitamin C as a Blood Pressure Manager
Some studies have suggested that taking large doses of Vitamin C may moderately reduce blood pressure. According to Oregon State University, the antioxidant activities of Vitamin C may protect the lining of blood vessels from damage caused by oxidative stress and increase the availability of nitric oxide, a molecule that helps relax arterial walls.
Vitamin C as an Iron Absorption Helper
Iron is an essential component of many proteins involved in oxygen transport in the human body and plays an important role in the regulation of cell growth and differentiation. Vitamin C can improve the amount of iron that the body absorbs.
Vitamin C has many health-promoting effects most notably thanks to its ability to increase collagen synthesis and its antioxidants properties. This is another important ingredient of the TurmeriX® blend.
Check back our next article and discover Vanilla and its health benefits!