You probably recall your parents giving you orange juice as a child at the onset of a sore throat or making sure that you were taking your daily vitamin C supplement to ward off colds. But there are two surprising facts that you might not have known about vitamin C:
1) It’s best when paired with a friend (other supplements) and,
2) It has a number of other wonderful health benefits beyond its immune-boosting powers.
Vitamin C Pairings
VITAMIN C AND ZINC
Some things are better together. Trial documents show that vitamin C and zinc, when taken together, can help shorten the duration of respiratory tract infections including the common cold. The beneficial effects of this dynamic duo have been noted, especially, in countries where vitamins through dietary nutrition are limited. It’s been found that vitamin C and zinc are essential to building the immune system and many children with deficiencies in these vitamins have immune problems.
VITAMIN C AND ECHINACEA
Echinacea, too, plays very well with our friend vitamin C. When taken together, researchers from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy noted that study participants were 86% less likely to catch a cold than the placebo research group.
VITAMIN C AND VITAMIN D
These vitamins, together, serve as a protective powerhouse for your body. C helps repair and replenish damaged tissues while D keeps your bones dense and strong and can assist in the repair of fractures. Talk about working together!
VITAMIN C AND VITAMIN E
Taking these vitamins together has a number of important health benefits. The two work together to ward off bone loss, protect your arteries, help prevent against age-related macular degeneration, cancer and more.
THE POWER OF VITAMIN C
Vitamin C, on its own, also has lesser known, equally important benefits. Research from Mayo Clinic has shown that vitamin C can have mood-elevating effects. People with vitamin C deficiency often feel fatigued or depressed. Remember to have your daily dose of C alongside vitamin D during gloomier winter months. Free radicals cause damage to the body’s cells and can contribute to health conditions like cancer, heart disease and arthritis. They’re present in second-hand smoke and pollution. Antioxidants like our friend vitamin C help protect against free radicals. Vitamin C also helps heal wounds and is involved in the production of collagen. Collagen helps maintain healthy connective tissues which are important for the support and structure of bones, the skin and blood vessels.
SOURCES OF VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is present in red peppers, oranges, kiwis, brussels sprouts, broccoli, strawberries and your favorite vitamin C supplement. We have a number of delicious gummies to meet your vitamin C needs:
Yummi Bears Vitamin C
What’s your favorite source of vitamin C?