A Vitamin C supplement can provide powerful benefits. As one of the vitamins that the human body cannot produce itself, natural Vitamin C is therefore one of the most important vitamins you can consume for optimal health.
Vitamin C is commonly known for its immune boosting properties and a natural Vitamin C may be the missing piece of the puzzle to your body’s immunity, offering the daily support and protection you need. Asides from its well known immune support, Vitamin C can also support your whole body and encourage wellness, energy and vitality. It is essential for the production of carnitine - the amino acid that makes you burn fat for energy and it helps the absorption of iron from your digestive system, which can increase your energy levels. And on top of all this, a natural Vitamin C aids the production of collagen and cell regeneration which helps support healthy skin, hair and nails.
Vitamin C occurs naturally in many brightly coloured fruits and vegetables like bell peppers, Citrus fruits, Acerola Cherries, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and others. To get your daily recommended amount of Vitamin C, 3 or 4 portions of Vitamin C rich foods are suggested. This can be more challenging at certain times of the year and so supplementation can be a wise move.
What we need to remember is that Vitamin C never occurs as an isolate in nature for a reason. Therefore, taking isolated single nutrients, as you might find in a Vitamin C tablet, is not a normal way to eat. The most common form of Vitamin C found in supplements and used as a preservative in food products is ascorbic acid.
Ascorbic acid is synthetic, not natural and is man-made in a laboratory. Although it is chemically similar to Vitamin C, it is missing some of the vital elements that make natural Vitamin C so beneficial - such as rutin, bioflavonoids (Vitamin P), factor K, factor J, factor P, tyrosinase and ascorbinogen. It can also reduce our copper levels and cause an imbalance in our microbiome as it kills bacteria (hence why it’s used as a preservative), leaving your immune system short of the beneficial bacteria it needs to function at full potential.
Finally, ascorbic acid is often synthesized from corn syrup which raises issues over genetically modified crops. Artificial Vitamin C such as ascorbic acid and calcium ascorbate are highly acidic and can cause nutrient imbalances, inhibiting internal cellular activity. Furthermore, these synthetic ingredients can force your kidneys and liver to work over time while your body struggles to absorb them.
If possible, it’s preferable to eat nutrients in their natural format that the body recognizes - referred to as bioavailability. Natural foods contain everything your body needs to digest, absorb and use the goodness they offer – i.e. the vitamin and minerals are packaged up in combinations that work synergistically for a much better result. Sari Foods Natural Vitamin C made from Organic Acerola Cherries contains 833% of your required daily intake in just one serving and the Vitamin C in one Acerola Cherry matches that in 65 oranges!
As Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin it doesn't stick around for long. It’s generally understood that we can't store it - making it extra important to consume regularly. There are also several factors that can affect the availability of Vitamin C in our bodies. Stress can impact your vitamin C levels as our adrenal glands use it to make stress hormones. Environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, pollution and exposure to chemicals also use up Vitamin C stores as it’s the body's go to antioxidant.
Also, It may seem obvious, but the food that we eat can impact on our Vitamin C levels. Not only if we don't consume enough of the vitamin's natural form, but if we eat a diet low in nutrients, consisting of processed foods and minimal in raw produce, it too depletes our stores as Vitamin C degrades with time, temperature and tampering - remember the 3 T's to avoid!
A simple way to counter these factors is to add our Organic Acerola Cherry Powder to your water bottle for a healthy energy boost. By drinking more fluids, you can also support your electrolyte balance and help fight dehydration. Sari Foods Natural Vitamin C is also really easy to incorporate into your diet daily and there are lots of great tips on how in our Sari Life blog.
Other ways you can help to keep your Vitamin C levels topped up by natural means are to eat a portion of papaya sprinkled with lime zest or juice first thing in the morning - papaya is also great to get your digestive system going when you wake up as is squeezing the juice of ¼ lemon into warm water mid-morning. Make sure you include lots of leafy green veggies, red pepper and cauliflower in your lunchtime salad and if eating out, always order a side of spinach or broccoli. You're sure to find that when you keep your Vitamin C levels topped up, you really notice a difference and get your zing back.
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