Vitamin C is one of the most useful nutrients in your diet, playing an important role in improving immunity, cognitive function, and cardiovascular health. One unique feature of vitamin C is that it is a cofactor or a building block for collagen production, an essential nutrient for skin, joint, and digestive health. Thrivr Fortify contains one gram of the highest quality and most bioavailable vitamin C.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Antioxidant:: Vitamin C is an antioxidant, a beneficial nutrient that eliminates harmful compounds called free radicals. When you digest food, breathe in pollution, or use household cleaners, your body is subjected to free radicals, which can cause instability in cells. This cellular instability may contribute to aging and illness. Antioxidants like vitamin C stop this reaction of instability and remove free radical waste. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C can promote the following benefits:
May Reduce Disease Risk: Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which is harmful to your cells. Elevated levels of free radicals and oxidative stress have been shown to promote the development of several chronic and degenerative diseases including autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. Studies show that vitamin C supplementation can increase levels of antioxidant activity. Best of all, long term vitamin C supplementation has been shown to be completely safe. (1, 2)
Boosts Immunity: You can think of white blood cells as your body’s army that defend it against infections and illness. Despite being tough, white blood cells are susceptible to the harmful effect of free radicals. Fortunately, vitamin C can boost your immunity by increasing white blood cell production and protecting those white blood cells from free radicals. (2, 3)
Protects Cognitive Ability: Free radicals can damage brain cells and increase the risk for degenerative cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. What’s more, studies have found that those who suffer from these diseases tend to have low levels of vitamin C. This nutrient has an important role in brain health as a building block for several other compounds, but it also plays the role as protector. Studies show that vitamin C can stop the damaging effects of free radicals in the brain and protect memory. (4, 5)
Improves Heart Health: Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to support heart health in two key ways: First, supplementing with vitamin C has been shown to reduce blood pressure by helping blood vessels to relax. Second, vitamin C supplementation was found to reduce cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels, which lowered the risk for heart disease. (6, 7)
Promotes Healthy Skin: Vitamin C helps to keep your skin strong, healthy, and youthful. Since it promotes a boost in white blood cells and immunity, vitamin C can improve the layers of defense that your skin provides. Vitamin C is also a cofactor or building block for collagen, which forms the structure of our skin. When collagen breaks down so does the health of our skin. Vitamin C supports collagen production, ensuring your skin stays firm, strong, and smooth. (2, 3, 8)
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