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March 19, 2021 5 min read

In this article:

  • What is vitamin C?
  • Causes and risk factors of vitamin C deficiency
  • Signs of vitamin C deficiency
  • Ways to boost your vitamin C levels

What is vitamin C anyways?

Vitamin C is also calledascorbic acid orascorbate. It's a powerfulantioxidant, meaning it protects many areas of our bodies from the harmful effects offree radicals. The benefits of vitamin C are widespread. Vitamin C may help protect againstimmune system deficiencies,cardiovascular disease,eye disease,iron deficiency, andskin wrinkling. Additionally, vitamin C supports the health of your bones andconnective tissues including theblood vessels. In addition, it increases thesynthesis ofcollagen, increases theabsorption of iron, and is essential towound healing. We're also learning that people who consistently have adequatelevels of vitamin C may be able to retain more muscle mass, especially as they age. When it comes to your workout, getting adequatevitamin C content, either throughsupplementation or your diet, can reducemuscle soreness, boost energy levels, and prevent blood glutathione oxidation. This helps you power through your routine and reduce your recovery time.

Amazingly, humans and primates lack a certain enzyme which makes them the only mammals that aren't able to synthesize vitamin C in their own bodies. That means that we relyentirelyon our diets as our sole source of this important vitamin. Alack of vitamin C can have widespread effects, and you'd be surprised to learn that eating a colorful andhealthy diet often doesn't cut it.

Causes and risk factors of vitamin C deficiency

A full blown vitamin C deficiency can also be called ascorbic acid deficiency or scurvy.In the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, sailors on long voyages often gotscurvy from total vitamin Cdepletion due to a lack offresh fruits and vegetables. In severe cases, you can die ofscurvy due to poor immune function. It was so common, in fact, that British sailors were givendaily rations of lime juice to fortify them through their journeys (before vitamin C was even discovered). Luckily, theprevalence ofscurvy is virtually nonexistent today and cases are extremely rare.

With that said, just because we aren't totally deprived doesn't necessarily mean we are getting enough.On top of diet, there are many different things that can affect how much vitamin C is being absorbed and used by the body. Conditions, treatments, or habits that may impair the body'sabsorption of vitamins and nutrients such asCrohn’s disease,anorexia,anemia, excessive alcohol consumption,ulcerative colitis, chemotherapy, and smoking put you at anincreased risk ofvitamin C deficiency.

Signs of vitamin C deficiency

The signs and symptoms of avitamin C deficiency can be widespread, and some are easier to spot than others. If you don't getenough vitamin C, you may experience one or many of the symptoms below:

  • Fatigue and irritability: This is the most common symptom of early-stagevitamin C deficiency.
  • Bruising or ecchymosis
  • Anemia: Vitamin C is necessary for our bodies to absorb iron.
  • Bone pain
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Petechiae: Also referred to asperifollicular hemorrhages, these are small red spots that are under the skin at the base of yourhair follicles, sometimes referred to as strawberry skin.
  • Corkscrew shaped hairs
  • Gum disease: This can causebleeding gums or even tooth loss.
  • Poor wound healing
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Shortness of breath

If you're experiencing any one or a combination of these symptoms, seekmedical advice from yourhealthcare provider. If they determine that your symptoms are being caused by avitamin C deficiency, they're likely to recommendsupplementation as well as some of the easy lifestyle changes listed below.

Ways to boost your vitamin C levels

The recommendeddaily intake of vitamin C is 90 mg for non-smoking men, and 75 mg for women who are not pregnant orbreastfeeding; women should consume 85mg of vitamin C during pregnancy and 120 mg whilebreastfeeding. Smokers need 35 mg more than nonsmokers every day. Keep in mind that optimal doses are highly debated. The tolerable upper intake level (or the maximum amount you can take in a day without causing damage) is about 2000 mg a day. Famously,Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Dr. Linus Pauling recommended and consumed anywhere from 6,000-18,000 mg of Vitamin C for his 93 years of life. A healthybalanced diet full offresh fruits and vegetables will provide you with about 100 mg ofdietary vitamin C, leaving plenty of room forvitamin C supplements to fill in the gaps. You can find vitamin C in:

  • Black currants: 193.2 mg/cup
  • Bell peppers: 120 mg/cup
  • Guava: 125.6 mg/1 fruit
  • Kiwifruit: 64 mg/1 fruit
  • Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits: 25 mg/1 fruit
  • Raw, leafy green vegetables such as kale (80 mg/cup), spinach (130 mg/cup), and broccoli (81 mg/cup)* this number is halved once they are cooked.

Dietary supplements are another great option to boost yourvitamin C levels and become less dependent on your diet. Vitamin C works hand in hand with another popular wellness supplement,collagen;as an antioxidant, vitamin C protects your body's collagen from oxidative damage while helping the body to synthesize even more collagen molecules. Collagen is a staple supplement for athletes of all backgrounds: from bodybuilders to yogis. As the main structural protein in the human body, it fortifies all theconnective tissues in our body while encouraging the growth oflean muscle mass. Together, vitamin C andcollagen can help repair sore and damaged muscle tissues, prevent muscle fatigue, and encourage futurecollagen synthesis for better workouts today and tomorrow, with less pain.

At Amandean, we've formulated the most bioavailable supplements, so you get more bang for your buck and your workout. Ourliposomal vitamin C is the optimal size for absorption, as small as 50 nanometers, with up to 90%+ bioavailability. We also prioritize bioavailability with ourmarinecollagen powder that is hydrolyzed down to a low 3000 Dalton molecular weight. Both supplements are free of added sugar, gluten, soy, fat, artificial flavors, and carbs.

Summary Points:

  • Humans and primates lack a certain enzyme which makes them the only mammals that aren't able to synthesize vitamin C in their own bodies
  • A full blown vitamin C deficiency can also be called ascorbic acid deficiency or scurvy
  • On top of diet, there are many different things that can affect how much vitamin C is being absorbed and used by the body
  • Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Dr. Linus Pauling recommended and consumed anywhere from 6,000-18,000 mg of Vitamin C for his 93 years of life
  • As an antioxidant, vitamin C protects your body's collagen from oxidative damage while helping the body to synthesize even more collagen molecules



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