Introduction And Background
Staying up to date on health issues and what is generally good for the body is a very intelligent thing to do. A lot of people often do not do their research and often end up taking the wrong kind of supplements for the wrong thing. For instance, a lot of people take iron for good hair. Although iron is really good for the hair, they do not know that vitamin B5 might be even better for the hair, would they? In this article, we will be talking about vitamin C and what exactly does it do for the skin. We know that it does a lot but we will be clearer on the functions of it all by the end of the article.
The Thing You All Must Know
Almost every science students knows what vitamin C does for the skin. We know that it works towards curing the disease called scurvy. Scurvy means bleeding and swollen gums of the teeth which can really hurt at times. A deficiency of Vitamin C causes this disease. As you can see, it is very important for collagen formation, an elastic thing present in the skin. It is of utmost importance.
Benefits And Functions Of Vitamin C On Skin
Let’s get to the point now. Vitamin C is very important for us. As you can see one of the reasons above, it’s deficiency can cause scurvy. Read the points below what are its functions related to skin and how it benefits us.
- Vitamin C’s other name, or biochemical name is Ascorbic Acid. As mentioned above, it is one of the main elements which aid in the production and formation of the protein collagen. This particular protein is responsible for making the skin more firm and supple and generally provides strength and agility to it. Imagine if there was no vitamin C. There would be a lesser scale production of collagen, not as much as the skin actually needs, and it can actually make the skin look old and disheveled.
- Vitamin C is also a general helper in wound healing and repairing the scars of the skin. This is one of its vital functions, without which we would all be facing a lot of bleeding and slow healing.
- Vitamin C is one of the antioxidant vitamins. This means, in simpler terms, that they minimize the damage of free radicals. Basically, they do not let skin age that quickly. Vitamin C helps in making the skin remain younger, wrinkle free and less dry.
- Recently, a research has been going on which states that Vitamin C can actually help in stopping the aging process as it can stop DNA damage and aid magnificently in skin cell repair. This is still not a confirmed thing and science is still far away from stopping the aging process…but you never know.
- Vitamin C has also been known to heal the skin and protect it against the harmful rays of the sun. It makes our immunity work at greater levels which is again quite beneficial for the skin!
Sources Of Vitamin C
Considering all the good things you have read about this vitamin, you’ll be wanting to have a piece of it in your daily diet! Well, vitamin C is not that hard to come by. It is found in a lot of foods and you will have no trouble getting your daily required dosage of this water soluble vitamin. The sources are mainly found in:
- All kinds of fruits. But mainly citrus fruits. For instance, vitamin C is present in a good amount in oranges and grapefruit. Kiwi juices also contain Vitamin C.
- Strawberries and tomatoes also contain vitamin C.
- Vegetables contain vitamin C as well. Potatoes contain Vitamin C and so do green leafy vegetables. Broccoli has vitamin C but no one really likes this vegetable so you can ignore this little detail, if you want.
Food For Thought…
Vitamin C is not only beneficial to the skin but also to the hair and the nails. Basically, it reflects on your body, what lies on the outside. If you are taking your vitamins, especially vitamins C, seriously, then you are definitely paying attention to your body.
Vitamin C, as mentioned earlier, is not that hard to come by. Its deficiency is not that common as the requirement can be filled in the diet. The sailors of long ago used to suffer from the disease scurvy as their diet was not really sufficient and it never consisted of particular fruits and vegetables that could help them overcome their deficiency. Nonetheless, you have read about the importance of this vitamin and you might as well start eating healthy. If you do not like the sources mentioned above, you can always take supplements for this vitamin.