Vitamin C is a necessary substance for normal growth and health of cells and tissues.
It is a micronutrient, a molecule requested by the body in small quantities, but it seems essential for its well-being.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to store it, being a water-soluble vitamin its daily quantity excess is easily eliminated from our body throughout the urine.
Vitamin C has multiple functions::
-counteracts the damage caused by free radicals, considered one of the main causes of cellular aging process
-helps to absorb the iron present in foods, especially from vegetable-based ones.
- it is necessary for the growth and repair of all body tissues.
-promotes the production of Collagen.
From which foods can we extract this very important Vitamin?
Fruits such as Currants, Grapes, Papaya, Pineapple, Strawberries, Citrus, Melon, Mango, Raspberries, Kiwi and Blueberries.
Vegetables such as Peppers, Cabbage, Spinach and Green Leafy Vegetables, Tomatoes and Pumpkin.
It is important to remember that the fresher these foods are, the higher the level of Vitamin C is present in them: recent studies have shown that, the longer is the storage time of fruits and vegetables, the more the levels of Vitamin C present in these foods tend to decrease. It is also proved that some styles of cooking cause the loss of this precious Vitamin.
Green light therefore to seasonal fruit and vegetables, preferably eaten fresh and raw.
There are also different types of supplements containing Vitamin C, to be taken especially in periods of severe stress or fatigue or during seasonal changes. Of course, they are only effective if placed in a routine of a complete and healthy diet, not if they are considered a substitute for a balanced diet rich in nutrients and vitamins.
What are the benefits of Vitamin C applied to cosmetics?
Vitamin C, known as Ascorbic Acid, is a powerful antioxidant used in cosmetics for its ability to counteract the effects of skin aging, both intrinsic and extrinsic. This ability is attributable to the strong antioxidant and photoprotective properties of Ascorbic Acid.
Vitamin C is present on the skin in very low quantities. Among its innumerable functions skin lightening stands out, thanks to its inhibitory activity against the synthesis of tyrosine, a precursor molecule of melanin. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also known, especially in cases of erythema from prolonged exposure to the sun.
Fighting the effects of aging, vitamin C also intervenes at another level: skin relaxation. In fact, it plays a key role in maintaining the optimal density of collagen in the dermis: biochemical studies have shown that it acts as a co-factor for lysine and proline hydroxylase, two essential enzymes in the biosynthesis of collagen.
Here are some of our products containing Vitamin C: