Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin found naturally in foods and frequently taken as a supplement. Unfortunately our bodies can’t product it ourselves so we have to get it from other sources. Not only is it effective and safe but it’s an extremely important nutrient for numerous functions of the body. Vitamin C helps the body form and support connective tissue (bones, skin, and blood vessels). It helps to restore and reproduce tissues, defend against heart disease and reduce the total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. As a strong antioxidant, it not only counteracts free radicals and nitrates (found in deli meat & packaged foods) linked to different cancers but also helps regenerate other antioxidants like Vitamin E. Vitamin C aids in protein metabolism, the absorption of iron, and is involved in the production of collagen, L-carnitine (also in BrainKrave®), and key neurotransmitters.
How many times when you were sick either heard or were told to take Vitamin C? That’s because it plays an essential role in immune function. It has been shown to reduce the length and symptoms of the common cold as well as help slow down or prevent cataracts. A major lack of Vitamin C leads scurvy which causes anemia, gum disease, general weakness, and skin hemorrhages.
There are many forms of Vitamin C that exist. Forms include ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, and Ester-C® which is a combination of many forms. BrainKrave® uses ascorbic acid which has the same bioavailability that naturally occurs in foods like oranges, bell peppers, and broccoli.
A study involving patients in Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital were given at random either Vitamin C or Vitamin D supplements for 7 to 10 days. The Vitamin C patients showed quick improvements in mood while the Vitamin D patients did not. The results of the study were published in the journal Nutrition in August 2010. Another study done in Switzerland took people aged 64 to 94 and measured their blood levels. Those with the highest blood levels of Vitamin C performed better on memory tests than those with low levels.
The recommended daily intake for adults according the NIH (National Institutes of Health) is 90 mg/day for men and 75 mg/day for women. Smokers may benefit from larger intake. Vitamin C is very easy to get from food including many fruits and vegetables. Great sources include: oranges, apples, kiwi, limes, melon, berries, papaya, broccoli, asparagus, kale, cabbage, spinach, peppers, potatoes, grains, tomatoes, and lemons.