Vitamin C is an essential helper for a strong immunity - and not only that. It affects a number of other processes in the body. Which foods contain the most and how does vitamin C affect the skin? Meet the fighter for your healthier (and more beautiful) skin!
When and why to take vitamin C?
While animals and plants can synthesize vitamin C from glucose, the human body can't. Therefore, it is important to get it simply from food. If you wonder why should you use supplements?
Because it is a powerful antioxidant that also promotes collagen production. As we mentioned, it affects the immune system and even promotes skin health.
Vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy. The disease is basically an ascorbic acid deficiency - without it, you are depriving yourself of a fighter against carcinogens and caroling about a number of unpleasant symptoms: swelling and bleeding gums, slow wound regeneration, fatigue, weakness and much more. Therefore, don't be like sailors on a long voyage who ran out of supplies of healthy fruits and vegetables - and cheers for the goodies with the highest dose of vit. C.
Surprisingly, it won't be lemon!
Natural resources of vitamin C? How about parsley?
You may be wondering which natural sources of vitamin C to choose? Well, lemon is a great and tasty helper for making tea, but in the amount of vit. C it stands far behind the competition. It is preceded not only by parsley, black currant and red pepper, the real bombs are also amalaki, rose hips and sea buckthorn. The exotic acerola and camu camu is on the top of the race for the highest amount of usable vitamin C. Stars worth adding to your smoothie!
Amount of vitamin C (mg / 100 g)
- Acerola 14600 mg
- Camu Camu 7415 mg
- Sea buckthorn 695 mg
- Rose Hip 425 mg
- Guava 230 mg
- Black currant 200 mg
- Red pepper 190 mg
- Parsley 170 mg
- Lemon 50 mg
When to add vitamin C and when better not?
Fruits and vegetables should be a part of a healthy daily diet. However, sometimes your body may be in a situation or period when the dose of vitamins and minerals needs to be increased. Normally, the recommended daily dose for an adult is about 100 mg. Twice as much should be used by smokers and the long-term sick. The need is also higher in the case of sports, stress, cold, pregnancy and injury. You can add it even after an intense party. Take the highest dose, up to 500 mg, if you are ill.
What to pay attention to?
To the possibility of overdose. Above 2000 mg of vitamin C per day can cause diarrhea, vomiting and cramps, a dose above 3000 mg causes kidney stones, because the body can no longer excrete the vitamin. So everything should be in moderation - even substances that are beneficial to the body at first glance.
Can you use vitamin C on your skin?
In addition to being a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals and promotes collagen production, vitamin C can also be applied externally. It is a component of some cosmetics, in natural cosmetics it also becomes a harmless preservative that will keep the product fresh longer. With its antioxidant properties, vit. C can help even problematic skin, but it is always necessary to monitor its concentration. A concentration of 2 to 5% is enough to reduce acne.
Caution: large amounts (concentrations) have the opposite effect.
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Did you know that ... although some oils and serums, such as rosehip oil, are considered a source of vitamin C, don't be fooled by the manufacturers and their claims. Vitamin C is soluble in water.
Rose hips (fruits) contain it abundantly, but not rosehip oil itself.
In short, don't look for vitamin C in the oil... And if you find it in the composition - you are being fooled!
How to look for vitamin C in the composition of cosmetics?
Where is the vitamin C in INCI?
Here! Because it is very unstable, especially in simple cosmetic products such as toners, semi-synthetic derivatives are used: ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phospate and magnesium ascorbyl phospahte.
We recommend looking for ascorbyl palmitate - it is fat-soluble and more easily penetrates the stratum corneum, the deeper layer of the skin, where it is degraded by lipases to biologically active ascorbic acid.
At the same time, it is great in cosmetics to go for products that also contain vitamin E.
Vitamin E is an amazing element for beautiful skin - and this combination has a synergistic antioxidant effect.
Simply and easily - strong two vitamins can do a great job. Imagine, how beautiful your skin can become when those two essential vitamins are combined to pamper and rejuvenate?