Vitamin C is one of the most well-known and named, but do you know all the benefits that it can bring to your life? Did you know that it is associated with our state of mind, and that it is essential for development and growth? Today, in our blog we inform you about the infinite benefits associated with the intake of this supplement.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is one of the 13 essential vitamins for our body.It is a water-soluble vitamin, so it is easy to eliminate it but it must be taken daily, since the body does not store it. And it can only be obtained through food or dietary supplements.

What are its benefits?
It is associated with a long list of health benefits. It not only helps cure colds, but also repairs tissues in our body, through the formation of collagen and accelerating the healing process of wounds, injuries and burns. In the same way, it favors the production of Carnitine, converting our fat into energy, and catecholamines, a set of neurotransmitters fundamental in processes such as emotion, learning or memory.It is a great antioxidant, and prevents damage from free radicals, the main causes of the aging of our tissues and the harmful effects of tobacco. In addition, it prevents certain heart diseases, as well as degenerative diseases such as arteriosclerosis or dementia. It reduces the incidence of clots, helps joint movements, and improves our mood, since a deficiency of this vitamin makes us feel fatigued or discouraged. Also, it strengthens the immune system since it increases the presence of cytokine in the blood, a powerful antiviral.

Where can we find it?
Vitamin C is present in a wide variety of foods, but the greatest sources are fruits and vegetables. In fruits, we can find them in kiwis, mangoes, pomegranates, lemon, watermelon, melon and of course in oranges. In vegetables, yellow pepper contains the most this vitamin, followed by red pepper, cabbage, dried tomato and broccoli.

How much Vitamin C do we need?

The recommended daily amount is 80mg, but it may vary depending on age, sex and habits:

·         Up to 6 months: 40 mg.

·         From 7 to 12 months: 50 mg.

·         From 1 to 3 years: 15 mg.

·         From 4 to 8 years: 25 mg.

·         From 9 to 13 years: 45 mg.

·         Girls from 14 to 18 years old: 65 mg.

·         Children from 14 to 18 years: 75 mg.

·         Men over 18 years of age: 90 mg.

·         Men over 18 years of age: 90 mg.

·         Women over 18 years of age: 75 mg.

It is recommended that smokers add 35mg more, since tobacco smoke increases the amount of vitamin C needed. Likewise, a higher dose is also recommended for pregnant women, people with diets poor in certain foods, or those suffering from certain diseases.

Our daily life, stress and other causes may mean that it is not always possible to consume these foods, which is why we have the help of supplements that will give us that vitamin contribution that we need in our daily lives.

In our website, you will find a wide assortment of vitamin supplements rich in vitamin C, which will provide you with the recommended daily dose. Like, for example, our 60-pill Vitamin C & Zinc supplement.

And if you have any questions or want more information, contact us. At Holland and Barrett, we will be happy to guide you. Because your well-being is our goal.