Fun Fact Friday - Vitamin C
Impressive benefits & facts about Vitamin C:
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. Unlike most mammals, humans are not able to synthesize their own vitamin C and must obtain it from their diet.
Vitamin C is known for helping with things like the common cold, but is involved in many more processes in the body. It is an essential co-factor in the biosynthesis of collagen for example, helps regulate gene expression, and is a powerful antioxidant.
Higher levels of vitamin C are associated with lower risk of hypertension, stroke, and heart disease.
Vitamin C supports the absorption of iron from our diet and from supplements when used to help treat iron deficiency anemia.
Vitamin C has the ability to shorten the duration of colds.
Several studies have shown that vitamin C may help reduce uric acid in the blood and, as a result, may protect against gout attacks.