With the launch of our latest organic wholefood vitamin C formulation, we wanted a dive a bit more into the benefits of wholefood vitamin C and why it should be a regular part of your diet.
Vitamin C is one of the most well-known and widely studied vitamins out there. It was first discovered in the 18th century and since then, we've learned a lot about its many functions in the body.
It's been shown to help support a healthy immune system, skin health, and even cognitive function. Here's a list of all specific functions of vitamin C
- Required for synthesis of collagen fibers through hydroxylation of proline and lysine.
- Nourishes the adrenal glands by supporting healthy steroid hormone production.
- Enhances chemotaxis, phagocytosis, and ultimately microbial killing as part of the immune response.
- Enhances differentiation and proliferation of B and T-cells, important immune regulatory cells.
- Activation of the B vitamin folic acid and the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids which are needed for digestion.
- Conversion of the amino acid, tryptophan, to the neurotransmitter, serotonin.
- Helps balance LDL & HDL cholesterol.
But what many people don't know is that not all vitamin C is created equal.
While you can find synthetic vitamin C in many supplements derived from processed corn, the best source of vitamin C is from wholefoods. Wholefoods are foods that are minimally processed and contain all of the nutrients and fiber that nature intended.
So what makes wholefood vitamin C so special?
For one, it's more bioavailable than synthetic vitamin C. This means that your body can more easily absorb and use it. Additionally, wholefood vitamin C contains other important nutrients like flavonoids and phytochemicals that work together to provide even more health benefits. It also contains tyrosinase, a copper containing enzyme. This enzyme is important for the production of melanin which gives our skin its color.
So why do regular vitamin C supplements have such high dosages? This is due to the fact that these vitamins are not bound to other nutrients and fiber like they are in wholefoods. It's important to note that just because there's a higher dosage, it doesn't mean you will absorb it all. In fact, most people only absorb about 20-30% of the synthetic vitamin C they take in supplement form. When you take wholefood vitamin C, your body is able to utilise all the components as nature intended.
If you're looking for a way to increase your intake of vitamin C, our new organic wholefood vitamin C supplement is a great option. It's made with freeze dried acerola cherries, camu camu berries & peppermint- all of which are rich sources of vitamin C. Plus, it's certified organic, non-GMO, and vegan. Organic certification means that the ingredients are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Non-GMO means that the ingredients have not been genetically modified in any way.
Now you might be wondering why peppermint? For some people, wholefood vitamin C can cause a histamine reaction (even though vitamin C is a natural antihistamine) so we added a pinch of peppermint to our formulation to help reduce the histamine load. Peppermint also has other benefits like supporting digestion and providing a boost of energy.
So whats the best way to take wholefood vitamin C?
If it's your first time trying this supplement, we would always suggest trying 1 capsule after food first. This allows your body time to get used to the supplement and helps reduce any potential digestive discomfort. Once you have tried it this way feel free to increase the dosage to 3 capsules or as professionally directed. We like to take our wholefood vitamin C away from food for optimum absorption.