Many people know Vitamin-C as the powerful ‘immunity antioxidant’ and YES, it is! But, there is more to this mighty antioxidant than meets the eye. In addition to immune function support, Vitamin-C has been shown to protect skin, bone, teeth, and joint health.
Did you know that humans are one of the few mammals that cannot produce their own Vitamin-C? You need to obtain it through food sources or supplementation. Its content may be reduced by prolonged storage and cooking techniques. As a water-soluble vitamin, it cannot be stored in the body and any excess is excreted through urine. During certain periods or changes in life, the body needs and uses more of certain nutrients, like immune antioxidants.
You should replenish your Vitamin-C intake on a regular basis if you are someone who:
- Has poor immunity or is sickly
- Excess alcohol and/or tobacco use
- Engages in intense exercises or extreme sports
- Takes certain medication such as the oral contraceptives or asthma inhalers
- Has prolonged stress
- Has anaemia, malabsorption, kidney or cardiovascular problems
- Exposure to light and heat during food preparation, cooking or storage
When you are comparing different Vitamin-C supplements, it is important to take a look at:
Strength/potency. Is it 300mg, 500mg or 1000mg? The 300g may seem cheaper but after you take 3 tablets daily, it might end up being more expensive. Whilst, 1000mg may be too strong for children under 9 years of age.
Composition/formulation. Some people find Vitamin-C in the form of ascorbic acid, too acidic on their gut and cannot tolerate higher amounts daily. People who have sensitive tummies, compromised gut, or cannot tolerate acidic forms of Vitamin-C should take ‘buffered’ Vitamin-C.
The “buffered” form binds ascorbic acid to healthy minerals, like calcium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, which minimizes the acidity. Since it is non-acidic, it is better tolerated and gentle on the stomach.
Type/format. Is it a gummy, capsule, or fizzy granules? Choose a supplement that suits your needs and preference the best. If you are someone, who dislikes swallowing pills or the taste of vitamins, fizzy granules may be ideal.
The single-serve sachets are easy and convenient to carry in your purse, bag, pocket, hand or car so you do not forget to take your dose whilst in meetings, travelling, exercising, or running daily errands.
Knowledge is GREAT, and how you use it is POWER, so CHOOSE your Vitamin-C supplement wisely!