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Health Tip: Vitamin C

If you only take one supplement, this should be it!

But like all supplements, not all vitamin C are created equal.

First, let me share why I think this is the most important supplement a person can take.

Vitamin C is a water soluble nutrient. That simply means it dissolves in water and our body does not store it. Water soluble nutrients are almost impossible to overdose. That's because our body naturally flushes it out. This is also why it's so important to replenish it daily.

Our modern foods are seriously deficient of vitamin C and other nutrients. The amount of vitamin C we need nowadays is too high to get from food alone.

What exactly does vitamin C do for us?

  • It's an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.

    • The National Cancer Institute defines free radicals as: A type of unstable molecule that is made during normal cell metabolism(chemical changes that take place in a cell). Free radicals can build up in cells and cause damage to other molecules, such as DNA, lipids, and proteins. This damage may increase the risk of cancer and other diseases.

  • It stimulates collagen

    • collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and critical for connective tissues (organs, hair, skin, and nails)

  • Improves brain function

  • Strengthens your immune system

    • aids in microbial killing

    • suppresses oxidative stress (too many free radicals in the body)

Like I said above, not all vitamin C are created equal. Synthetic vitamins have been produced as a cheap way to make supplements. But like most things, you get what you pay for. When it comes to vitamin C there is little evidence that synthetic is harmful. But, it is also not as effective. The absolute best form of any nutrient is food based. So looking for vitamins sourced from fruits and vegetables is the best for your body. A simple google search will provide many companies. Here are a few I found and I believe are reputable. (I do not get paid for this)

I'd like to share my OPINION on dosing. Due to its powerful healing properties you will see many medical establishments and doctors claim that high dosing can lead to an overdose. This is not completely false. However, the first sign of vitamin C overdose is diarrhea or abdominal cramping. And most people need to take such extremely high doses (10,000+ mg) before they hit that level. On average I take 1000 mg a day. When I am sick or around sick people, or even go to an event where I know I will be around a lot of people, I will take 3000-5000 mg. If I am actively sick I will take even more for a day or two.

Taking vitamin c orally will not only benefit your immune system and internal body but it will help your skin to be more youthful. To boost the benefits for your skin, I highly recommend using skincare products with vitamin c.

Ingredients we use that contain vitamin C:

  • Mago Butter

  • Kokum Butter

  • Tamanu Oil

  • Carrot Seed Oil

  • Camu Camu (highest known plant source of vitamin C)

  • Vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid)

  • Hibiscus

  • Red Clover

  • Green Tea

  • Calendula Oil

  • Castor Oil

Our products with the highest amounts of vitamin C include:

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