17th June 2021. Written by Emily Westwood for VitalOrganico
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Why is vitamin C so important? The short answer is that vitamin C is essential to keep us alive and in good health. Without it, we simply wouldn’t survive.
In fact, such is the need for vitamin C that most animals can make it themselves and readily do so; particularly in times of stress, when the body’s requirement for this important nutrient is increased. A goat, for example, can make up to 16 grams of its own vitamin C every single day. To give a little perspective, 1 gram is the equivalent of around 22 medium oranges. That’s 352 oranges per goat, per day. Pretty impressive!
Unfortunately, as humans evolved, we lost the ability to synthesize our own vitamin C, which puts us at a disadvantage when it comes to surviving and thriving. This is why we have to obtain our vitamin C from external sources; either from the food we eat, or via a high quality, daily ascorbic acid supplement, such as VitalOrganico Vital C powder or VitalOrganico liposomal vitamin C.
Vitamin C is water soluble, which means that it only takes around 5 hours to be completely utilised and passed through the body. This is why it’s also useful (though not essential) to take in vitamin C throughout the day.
A powerful antioxidant
Vitamin C is known to be a very powerful anti-oxidant. This means that it protects the body against oxidative stress, which is essentially damage to the cells and tissues caused by molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive, unstable molecules which are essentially a little stressed out because they’re missing an electron. This lack of an electron makes them behave erratically and bounce around the body, causing damage as they go. Vitamin C acts as the good Samaritan – giving one of its own electrons to the free radical, causing it to calm down and behave normally.
Oxidative stress often occurs due to toxins such as smoking, stress, diets rich in sugar and processed foods. It influences key cell structures and can even cause genetic mutations. Oxidative stress has been linked to many conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer and neurological diseases, and this is likely why there has been an increasing amount of research conducted into the use of vitamin C in treating and preventing some of these conditions, over recent years.
Vitamin C plays a role in so many of our body’s vital functions. It is well known for being immune-supportive; it enhances our antibodies and plays an important role as an antihistamine, reducing inflammatory conditions associated with cold, fevers, flu, upper respiratory tract infections and allergies. It also encourages the production of white blood cells and assists them in escorting unwanted microbes and pathogens out of the body, whilst also being a major player in skin, teeth and gum health, wound healing and iron absorption. It helps to form collagen, which keeps your skin youthful and it keeps your arteries strong. Getting enough vitamin C daily could improve your long-term memory and your ability to swerve a number of chronic diseases. And yet still, even in the Western world, Vitamin C deficiencies are actually very common.
Sources of vitamin C
Vitamin C is readily available in whole food form and can be found in a wide variety of fruits, such as oranges, kiwi, papaya, strawberries and cantaloupe melon; and in vegetables such as brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and peppers.
Camu Camu fruit, Amla (also known as Indian Gooseberry) and acerola cherries are fruits which have the highest concentration of vitamin C on the planet, although they can be tricky to source locally!
The reality is that many of us struggle to eat enough fruits and vegetables to meet our daily Vitamin C requirement, and we certainly don’t eat as wide a variety of these foods as would be ideal. At VitalOrganico we understand that life can get in the way of even the very best of intentions, which is why we recommend a two-pronged approach; eating as wide a variety of colourful fruit & veggies as your daily schedule allows, and then topping it up with your choice of VitalOrganico high quality vitamin C supplements.
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by Emily Westwood
It's highly probable that if you're reading this article, you already know that vitamin C is an essential nutrient; required by every single one of us on a daily basis in order to maintain good health and vitality. If you didn’t know that, don’t worry - you can find out more by reading our last blog ‘Why is Vitamin C so important”.
Despite being absolutely critical for our general wellbeing, our bodies aren’t capable of making their own vitamin C, so it’s imperative that we top up our vitamin C levels daily, via good quality, vitamin C rich foods and/or supplements.
If you’ve ever looked at purchasing a vitamin C supplement you’ve probably seen that there are several different types of vitamin C available; including liposomal vitamin C powdered ascorbic acid (another name for Vitamin C), capsules, tablets and even IV Vitamin C drips. But the chances are that
you don’t know the difference between them; more specifically why you might choose one type over another, how to decide which is the right supplement for you, at what point, and why. Not to mention how you can make sure you that don’t waste your hard-earned money on something that may not be
as effective as you hope!
At VitalOrganico we’re happy to guide you on the answer to this question, any time. Simply call or email us and we’ll guide you towards the right supplement for you. In the meantime, as most of us know what a powder is by definition, let’s get down to talking about liposomal vitamin C.
W H A T I S A L I P O S O M E ?
Liposomes are microscopic phospholipid bubbles that mimic the body’s own cell membranes. That might sound complicated, but they’re basically little spheres that can carry a substance into the body very effectively.
So tiny that they’re invisible to the naked eye, for many years liposomes were primarily used in pharmaceutical medicine for the targeted delivery of certain drugs. However, in recent times they’ve been utilised in cosmetics, botanicals, agriculture and nutritional supplementation.
Liposomes are specifically designed to protect substances from damage as they travel through the body, and they’re very good at this job. If formulated correctly, liposomes can facilitate the absorption of the nutrients they carry as soon as they land on your tongue; helping to protect the nutrients from breakdown by your digestive acids and enzymes, and optimizing delivery into your cells. In fact, the efficacy of these tiny spheres is well documented - they're the subject of more than 50,000 peer reviewed published studies to date.
W H Y I S L I P O S O M A L V I T A M I N C A N I M P O R T A N T O P T I O N ?
Because your digestive system is incredible! At more than 20 feet long and containing more than 100 million neurons, all communicating continually with your brain (that’s more than in your spinal cord),
your digestive system is designed to chemically and mechanically digest your food incredibly effectively, delivering maximum nutrition into your blood and your cells, so that you can turn most of what you eat into energy.
Your stomach is one of the major players in this process. This wonderful organ acts as a temporary store for your food, churning and breaking it down into much smaller particles before moving it on to your small intestine for absorption. As well as breaking down your food mechanically in this way, your stomach also breaks your food down chemically, by mixing what you’ve eaten with hydrochloric acid, otherwise known as your stomach acid. In fact, your stomach is so acidic (pH 2-3) that the juices within it could burn through wood and even some metals!
Once you know this, and understand that everything you ingest travels via your stomach, it becomes easy to see how some medications, vitamins and supplements could be damaged and/or compromised by this naturally acidic environment. Add to this the fact that many of us in the Western world have compromised digestion to varying degrees (due to high stress levels, high toxin exposure and low nutritional value dietary choices), and so we don't generally absorb all of the nutrients we consume anyway, you can see how we quickly end up with much lower absorption rates of the vitamins that we’re so diligently taking; including vitamin C. This is precisely where liposomal encapsulation comes in.
H O W D O E S I T W O R K ?
Simply put, by wrapping our Vital C Liposomal vitamin C in a protective liposome bubble, we protect it from the acid and other digestive enzymes in your stomach. This gives it a really good chance of reaching your tissues and bloodstream as effectively and as fully as possible; optimising the absorption of vitamin C in your cells.
G E N T L E O N Y O U R S T O M A C H
OK, we're getting into the science a little bit here but the reason liposomal vitamin C can be easier on the stomach for some of us, is this: In order to transport vitamin C from your small intestine into your bloodstream (“absorption”) your body has to instigate the help of "transporter proteins". Once these handy little transporter proteins have assisted in moving the vitamin C in to your bloodstream, you then need more of them to then carry the vitamin C out of the bloodstream and into your cells. This process requires energy, and it's also dependent on the presence of sufficient transporter proteins at each step of the way.
If you have more vitamin C molecules than you have transporter protein capacity, the excess vitamin C can't be absorbed into your bloodstream and instead, is excreted in your urine. This excess can also cause an upset stomach.
Due to their composition nearly matching that of the cell membrane, liposomes can assimilate into the cell and drop off the vitamin C where it is fully absorbed and where it is needed, without the need for transporter proteins. In other words, liposomal vitamin C cuts out the middle man!
T H E P U R E S T F O R M U L A
When you take VitalOrganico liposomal vitamin C on a daily basis, you can rest assured that you’re getting the highest quality vitamin C, supported by only the purest ingredients.
Our Vital C liposomal vitamin C is encapsulated with organic non-GMO sunflower lecithin, Seabuckthorn extract, Xylitol (a sweetener derived from the birch tree) and natural orange flavouring.
That’s it. No alcohol, no potassium sorbate, no artificial flavourings, no soya and no citric acid.
Super clean ingredients and no nasties. This is the foundation stone of VitalOrganico.