The Virtues of Vitamin C

October 1, 2015

 

For years, vitamin C has been widely praised by experts as one of the safest and most effective nutrients. Vitamin C, essential for normal growth and development, also plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

 

Vitamin C supports the natural production of collagen, which serves as the “glue” that holds the whole body together and is the main structural component of skin. As collagen begins to break down over time, the skin loses its elasticity and wrinkles become more visible. Vitamin C helps to prevent this breakdown and stimulates collagen production so that skin remains firm, full, and plump.

 

Not only is it a regulator of collagen production, vitamin C is also an antioxidant that can protect the skin and limit damage from UV rays and normal aging. While it’s not a substitute for sunscreen, vitamin C may help reduce age spots, sunburns and fine lines. Moreover, studies suggest that vitamin C may aid in wound healing and dry skin. 

 

It’s clear that vitamin C offers a variety of benefits and should definitely be a part your skin and diet regimen. There are plenty of skincare products that contain Vitamin C and a variety of food sources that contain this important nutrient. My favorite food sources of vitamin C are oranges, grapefruits, kiwis, and strawberries. What are your favorite foods that are both beneficial and delicious?

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