Vitamin C is an incredible antioxidant that can provide protection against free-radical damage and as far as health and wellbeing goes, it can be considered as an award-winning antioxidant.
Vitamin C has been having its moment in the beauty industry for the past few years, with products popping up on shelves left, right and centre with no sign of waning.
The benefits of this nutrient have been known for some time, starting back in 1937 after Dr Albert Goyrgi identified the principal cause of scurvy as a vitamin C deficiency.
As we are becoming more and more aware of our environmental pollutants, radiation, sunlight and cancer-causing free radicals, the benefits of vitamin C are becoming more and more apparent.
Vitamin C and your skin:
Vitamin C is a potent natural antioxidant which has anti-inflammatory properties, acts as a depigmenting agent and is vital for collagen biosynthesis.
In other words, its protects against free radicals to prevent premature ageing, brightens skin, fades scarring and helps to keep your skin looking firm and young.
Not only that, it helps with the absorption of iron and assists with vitamin E regeneration.
Vitamin C skincare or food?
What we put on our skin is important and adding vitamin C into our daily skin regimen can help to heal from the outside. However, consuming foods rich in vitamin C is more essential than skincare. Any skincare will not make a different to your skin if you are not watching what you are consuming or drinking.
For example, vitamin C is great for those who suffer with acne but if you are spending £50 on the latest ‘potent vitamin c’ serum but are consuming refined sugar and processed foods, you are not going to see a huge difference.
What about vitamin C supplements?
I don’t recommend taking supplements for nutrients that you can easily get from foods. I only advise a few supplements to my clients that I view as essential and vitamin C is not one of them! In fact mega-doses of vitamin C can cause nausea and diarrhoea.
For adults, the recommended daily amount for vitamin C is 65-90 mg. Consuming one kiwi a day will give you around 64 mg, its that easy!
What foods are rich in vitamin C?
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