Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is one of the most valuable nutrients utilized by your body. Vitamin C is not only a highly effective and safe way you can help your body to fight off viruses, like the common cold, it is also instrumental in boosting your immune system, decreasing your risk of having a stroke, maintaining elasticity of your skin, and healing wounds. Additionally, Vitamin C is a harmless way to promote collagen synthesis, strengthen your blood vessels and help your over worked muscles recover. However, it is important for you to know that your body does not have the ability to make its own Vitamin C, so fueling your body with this super-nutrient is essential.
So how do I get Vitamin C, you ask? The answer is simple…there are 3 different ways to get your Vitamin C; ingestion via food, oral supplements or intravenous administration. The first and most common route is eating foods high in Vitamin C such as oranges, grapes, strawberries and cantaloupe or cabbages, cauliflower and potatoes. However, if you are limited to your sugar intake due to medical conditions such as diabetes, you will need to find an alternative route. The second and most common way to get your Vitamin C is taking an oral supplement. Unfortunately, oral supplements are only mildly effective in delivering adequate amounts of the vitamin due to systems in the body. Have you heard that taking vitamins is a waste because you just “pee it out”? Well, there is some truth to that, but not exactly what occurs after you swallow that pill. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that eventually gets excreted out of your body via urination, but before that happens there are several other processes that occur. Once that pill is swallowed, the gastro-intestinal system and metabolism take its’ part respectively of the vitamin, and leave the body only about 20% of the dose you have ingested for use. The great news is the third delivery system of Vitamin C, intravenously, meaning injected directly into the bloodstream, bypasses all of these processes and 100% of what is administered is actually absorbed and put to use by the body. This safe and highly effective delivery system of Vitamin C has become mainstream, but due to its invasiveness, cost, and need for a highly skilled medical professional to administer, it is not for everyone.
Regardless of the route you choose, Vitamin C is an essential part of one’s health and wellness so make an effort to get your VITA-FIX on!