Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), is key to the body’s healing process. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for iron absorption, tissue repair, immune function, healthy teeth & bones, brain function, skin, and eye health. Our body’s do not produce Vitamin C naturally; however, we require it for optimal function of specific vital enzymes and to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, and collagen in our bones. It also helps the body produce and maintain connective tissue to help heal wounds. High levels of Vitamin C intake are linked to healthy skin, hair, and nails as it regularly renews skin cells and stimulates collagen to keep skin tissue and cells intact and firm. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that improves skin texture as it slows the rate of free radical damage in the epidermal that cause dryness and wrinkles.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant molecule in the brain and is critical to cognitive performance as it is involved in enzymatic production of specific neurotransmitters. Our brains consume Vitamin C and form concentrations in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala more than other parts of the body. It plays a major role in the differentiation and maturation of neurons as well as the formation of myelin sheath that protects and speeds impulse transmission. Vitamin C ensures blood vessel integrity, which is a significant factor in cognitive capacity as we age. It may also help fight against toxin exposure from air pollution that can place the body under oxidative stress. Oxidative stress impedes the clearance of debris from the brain cells. These toxins that can lead to inflammatory processes, and the impairment of cells ability to utilize glucose fuel.