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Vitamin-C Benefits For Skin

Vitamin-C Benefits For Skin

Vitamin-C Benefits For Skin

When it comes to the skin, the most evidence exists to support the benefits of antioxidants. Antioxidant, however, is a broad term that includes a variety of different nutrients, found in various foods. 


These vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients are important for a variety of metabolic processes as well as for neutralizing free radicals.  


Free Radicals are potentially harmful molecules that occur naturally as a result of our metabolism. 


They can build up and damage healthy cells if an antioxidant substance does not neutralize them. Free radicals can also be produced by lifestyle factors such as smoking or your environment. 


When it comes to the skin, the most evidence exists to support the benefits of antioxidants. Antioxidant, however, is a broad term that includes a variety of different nutrients, found in various foods. 


These vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients are important for a variety of metabolic processes as well as for neutralizing free radicals.  

When it comes to the skin, the most evidence exists to support the benefits of antioxidants. Antioxidant, however, is a broad term that includes a variety of different nutrients, found in various foods. 


These vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients are important for a variety of metabolic processes as well as for neutralizing free radicals.  


Free Radicals are potentially harmful molecules that occur naturally as a result of our metabolism. They can build up and damage healthy cells if an antioxidant substance does not neutralize them. Free radicals can also be produced by lifestyle factors such as smoking or your environment.


Rather than try to cover every antioxidant in one post, I've decided to expand this post for the next several months and focus individually on each antioxidant important for your skin. This first post is all about Vitamin C,or ascorbic acid, a nutrient most of us are familiar with, but did you know… 

Free Radicals are potentially harmful molecules that occur naturally as a result of our metabolism. They can build up and damage healthy cells if an antioxidant substance does not neutralize them. Free radicals can also be produced by lifestyle factors such as smoking or your environment.


Rather than try to cover every antioxidant in one post, I've decided to expand this post for the next several months and focus individually on each antioxidant important for your skin. This first post is all about Vitamin C,or ascorbic acid, a nutrient most of us are familiar with, but did you know… 

Rather than try to cover every antioxidant in one post, I've decided to expand this post for the next several months and focus individually on each antioxidant important for your skin. This first post is all about Vitamin C,or ascorbic acid, a nutrient most of us are familiar with, but did you know… 

The History

The History

The History

For centuries, vitamin C, or lack thereof, was a bigger killer of sailors than pirates or shipwrecks combined. After months at sea with little access to land and fresh foods, sailors would fatigue, gradually develop bleeding lesions, and eventually die; a disease known as scurvy. 


Scurvy is a result of vitamin C deficiency, a fact that was not well known until the 19th century when several methods were adopted for preventing it. These included taking a shot a day of the first patented lime juice concentrate, Rosie's, or eating any fresh meat available including seals and horses. 


The rates of scurvy are virtually non-existent today. However, dietary vitamin C plays a crucial role in the synthesis of collagen, a protein in skin responsible for providing structure. A deficiency in dietary ascorbic acid intake results in impaired collagen production causing cutaneous manifestations such as enlargement and discoloration of hair follicles and twisted “corkscrew hairs.” 


Adequate Vitamin C intake is not only crucial for healthy skin but for healthy bones, teeth and other tissue. As we discussed above, a vitamin C deficiency can be fatal. Besides collagen production, ascorbic acid plays a role in cholesterol synthesis, iron absorption, and immunity. 


THE HUMAN BODY CANNOT SYNTHESIZE ASCORBIC ACID SO YOU MUST GET IT FROM YOUR DIET!  

For centuries, vitamin C, or lack thereof, was a bigger killer of sailors than pirates or shipwrecks combined. After months at sea with little access to land and fresh foods, sailors would fatigue, gradually develop bleeding lesions, and eventually die; a disease known as scurvy. 


Scurvy is a result of vitamin C deficiency, a fact that was not well known until the 19th century when several methods were adopted for preventing it. These included taking a shot a day of the first patented lime juice concentrate, Rosie's, or eating any fresh meat available including seals and horses. 


The rates of scurvy are virtually non-existent today. However, dietary vitamin C plays a crucial role in the synthesis of collagen, a protein in skin responsible for providing structure. A deficiency in dietary ascorbic acid intake results in impaired collagen production causing cutaneous manifestations such as enlargement and discoloration of hair follicles and twisted “corkscrew hairs.” 


Adequate Vitamin C intake is not only crucial for healthy skin but for healthy bones, teeth and other tissue. As we discussed above, a vitamin C deficiency can be fatal. Besides collagen production, ascorbic acid plays a role in cholesterol synthesis, iron absorption, and immunity. 


THE HUMAN BODY CANNOT SYNTHESIZE ASCORBIC ACID SO YOU MUST GET IT FROM YOUR DIET!  

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin lost in urine. Your body does not store large amounts so you should include vitamin C rich foods in your diet daily. 


Since vitamin C is abundant in so many foods, it is easy to reach your daily-recommended intake by incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals


The recommended daily intake for adults is 95mg/day for men and 75mg/day for women


Get Your Vitamin-C intake from:

Guava, Kiwi, Cantaloupe, Citrus fruits, Strawberries, Pineapple, Mango, Peppers, Avocado, Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Snow Peas.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin lost in urine. Your body does not store large amounts so you should include vitamin C rich foods in your diet daily. 


Since vitamin C is abundant in so many foods, it is easy to reach your daily-recommended intake by incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals. 


The recommended daily intake for adults is 95mg/day for men and 75mg/day for women. 

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin lost in urine. Your body does not store large amounts so you should include vitamin C rich foods in your diet daily. 


Since vitamin C is abundant in so many foods, it is easy to reach your daily-recommended intake by incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals. 


The recommended daily intake for adults is 95mg/day for men and 75mg/day for women. 

Get Your Vitamin-C intake from:Guava, Kiwi, Cantaloupe, Citrus fruits, Strawberries, Pineapple, Mango, Peppers, Avocado, Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Snow Peas.

DON’T BREAK THE BANK! Vitamin C supplements are a waste of money in my opinion. Deficiencies are extremely rare because vitamin C is abundant in foods naturally and used as an additive in processed foods. Plus, your body will only absorb and utilize a certain amount of a nutrient if you are not deficient. Instead of spending money on supplements, try incorporating at least one serving of fruits or vegetables into every meal.  

VITAMIN C ISN’T JUST FOR EATING!

VITAMIN C ISN’T JUST FOR EATING!

When applied topically vitamin C helps to neutralize free radicals on the skin's surface caused by UV exposure and reduce the look of aging. 


Of course, vitamin C alone will not give you perfect skin, whether eaten or applied directly. Our metabolism consists of a constantly flowing set of intersecting pathways that are continuously influencing each other. Some compounds are influenced by the presence of others and many pathways will slow or stop if certain catalyst or oxidizers are not present.

DID YOU KNOW?

Vitamin C works synergistically with another vitamin in our skin to reduce oxidative damage. Tocopherols, or Vitamin E, are a group of fat-soluble vitamins commonly applied topically to reduce the appearance of scars. 


 Come back next month to find out how Vitamin E works together with Vitamin C in your skin! 

When applied topically vitamin C helps to neutralize free radicals on the skin's surface caused by UV exposure and reduce the look of aging. 


Of course, vitamin C alone will not give you perfect skin, whether eaten or applied directly.

Our metabolism consists of a constantly flowing set of intersecting pathways that are continuously influencing each other. Some compounds are influenced by the presence of others and many pathways will slow or stop if certain catalyst or oxidizers are not present. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Vitamin C works synergistically with another vitamin in our skin to reduce oxidative damage. Tocopherols, or Vitamin E, are a group of fat-soluble vitamins commonly applied topically to reduce the appearance of scars. Come back next month to find out how Vitamin E works together with Vitamin C in your skin! 

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Meet Ayla

DID YOU KNOW?

Vitamin C works synergistically with another vitamin in our skin to reduce oxidative damage. Tocopherols, or Vitamin E, are a group of fat-soluble vitamins commonly applied topically to reduce the appearance of scars. Come back next month to find out how Vitamin E works together with Vitamin C in your skin! 


More On Live Beautiful:


Meet Ayla