Are you feeling stressed or going through a stressful and/or emotional time in your life? Chances are this is depleting your Vitamin C levels. This is because the adrenal glands contain a lot of Vitamin C and during times of stress Vit C is released into the blood stream, leaving you low on supplies.
Vitamin C is important because it keeps the immune system functioning, supporting the body to fight infections and viruses. It is also an important co-factor in many biological mechanisms in your body. Take your Thyroid for example, it helps with the synthesis of Thyroxin. Vitamin C is needed for optimal iron absorption. Vitamin C also converts Tryptophan to Serotonin (your happy hormone). It also helps the Mitochondria (your energy batteries inside each and every one of your cells) to make energy.
If you are low in Vitamin C, you might feel symptoms such as:
- Bleeding gums
- loose teeth
- pin point haemorrages/broken capillaries
- lots of colds and/or infections
What to look out for
If you are a smoker, 25mg of Vitamin C is lost with every cigarette. So up-ing your Vitamin C is crucial in getting those much needed antioxidants in the system. Or better still, stop smoking! Vitamin C supplementation is very popular, with 100’s of different types and varieties. Yes, antioxidant supplementation definitely has a place, but with all vitamins and minerals, supplementation needs to be monitored as Vitamin C can turn Pro-oxidant at high levels. Pro-oxidant is the opposite of antioxidant, causing more oxidative damage, which puts more burden on your system. As a Nutritional Therapist, I look to the best supplement you can buy - Food!
How can I find vitamin C in my foods
Berries, strawberries are good but Elderberry and Acerola cherry are especially Rich in Vitamin C. Don’t forget your greens! Kale has 3x as much vitamin C compared to oranges. Brussel sprouts and broccoli too are great sources of Vitamin C.