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Vitamin C – muscle strength and immunity

We are doing a series of blogs about the ingredients you find in Apsu’s superfood multivitamin, and here we look at one of the most popular, Vitamin C.

Vitamin C (calcium ascorbate)

Strengthens muscles and blood vessels // kills cancer stem cells // prevents scurvy // boosts immunity

Fresh studies released this month show that Vitamin C is ten times more effective at combatting the growth of cancer cells than pharmaceuticals. Most of us think of vitamin C as a useful boost when we’re rundown with a common cold, but this well-known vitamin has much bigger clout than we first realized.

Researchers in Salford, UK, have demonstrated that Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, can be used to target and kill the cells that are responsible for fuelling tumours – Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs).

It has also been proven to reduce mortality amongst breast cancer patients by 25% according to a study in Japan.

 

Why Vitamin C is important

It protects and boosts the immune system by facilitating the absorption of iron to strengthen the body’s resistance to infection. It protects against heart disease, prevents and cures scurvy, combats cataracts, helps wounds to heal, lowers hyper-tension, controls the symptoms of asthma and helps in the treatment of lead toxicity, a growing problem for urban children that can affect behavior and IQ.

It’s a truly powerful vitamin, an antioxidant that synthesises collagen, which helps to strengthen blood vessels and muscles. It helps to maintain the proper functioning of the brain and plays a key role in balancing our moods. It can help to reduce the risk of strokes, protecting the body from free radicals.

 

Vitamin C – Overdosing

Found in many fresh fruits and vegetables, Vitamin C is water soluble so it dissolves in water and any excess is excreted through urine (unlike Vitamin A, which is fat soluble and therefore dissolves in fat and is stored in fat). This means the body doesn’t store it so you need to ingest a fresh supply of Vitamin C every day. This also makes it very hard to overdose on, although it is possible. Apsu contains 60mg, (the recommended daily amount is 60mg to 90mg), but the body can tolerate up to 2,000mg per day. Overdosing can lead to diarrhea, nausea, kidney stones and a number of other unpleasant side effects.

 

Top ten sources of Vitamin C

Yellow Bell Peppers

Guavas

Kale

Green Kiwifruit

Broccoli

Strawberries

Oranges

Cooked Tomatoes

Mange Tout

Papaya

And next up, Vitamin D3…

Here is what we learnt about Vitamin A.

 

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