Did you know that Vitamin C only stays in system for 24 hours?
Vitamin C is water soluble so it’s almost impossible to overload your system. If you do happen to consume too much of the vitamin at once, you will just excrete it by urination. This also means that you can’t take this vitamin once a week and expect for it to have a residual effect. You have to take it every day to see effects.
The water-soluble vitamin C is probably the most well-known vitamin. Even before its discovery in 1932, physicians recognized that there must be a compound in citrus fruits preventing scurvy, a disease that killed as many as two million sailors between 1500 and 1800. ²
The term 'scurvy' for the disease resulting from prolonged vitamin C deficiency had origins in 'scorbutus' (Latin), 'scorbut' (French), and 'Skorbut' (German). Scurvy was a common problem in the world's navies and is estimated to have affected 2 million sailors. ¹
Later researchers discovered that man, other primates and the guinea pig depend on external sources to cover their vitamin C requirements. Most other animals are able to synthesize vitamin C from glucose and galactose in their bodies. ²
So why do we even need vitamin C then?
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defenses. Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They do so by protecting cells from harmful molecules called free radicals.³ When free radicals accumulate, they can promote a state known as oxidative stress, which has been linked to many chronic diseases. ⁴
- Vitamin C supplements have been found to lower blood pressure in both healthy adults and those with high blood pressure. ⁵
- Vitamin C supplements have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. These supplements may lower heart disease risk factors, including high blood levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. ⁶
- Vitamin C can improve the absorption of iron that is poorly absorbed, such as iron from meat-free sources. It may also reduce the risk of iron deficiency. ⁷
- Vitamin C may boost immunity by helping white blood cells function more effectively, strengthening your skin’s defense system, and helping wounds heal faster. ⁸ ⁹
- Low vitamin C levels have been linked to an increased risk of memory and thinking disorders like dementia, while a high intake of vitamin C from foods and supplements has been shown to have a protective effect. ¹⁰ ¹¹
Where is Vitamin C found?
Though citrus fruits were first used to treat scurvy, this vitamin is not limited to oranges, lemons, limes, and the like. It is actually found in higher concentration outside of the citrus family.
Guava actually ranks to be number one in Vitamin C. Here are a few other surprising fruits and vegetables that beat out the beloved citrus family: Black Currants, Red Peppers, Kiwis (not actually a citrus), Green Peppers, Strawberries, Papaya, Broccoli, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Peas.
The list goes on almost indefinitely, but this goes to show you it can be gleaned from a variety of food sources.
The Immuno Elixir is full of vitamin C, in fact, the daily dose (50ml) does have 250% of the recommended vitamin C in it.
The sea buckthorn (or the Nordic Lemon, as we like to call it) has many positive features that have been scientifically confirmed. The berries are famous for their high vitamin C content. Curiously, these berries do not contain ascorbinase, which breaks down ascorbate – this is why sea buckthorn is packed with vitamin C. In rough growth conditions, several nutrients, including vitamin C, appear in higher concentrations compared to berries growing in warmer climate. Meaning the berries grown in Estonia are especially salutary. ¹²
¹² Krejcarova J et al 2015