WHY IS VITAMIN C A WONDER VITAMIN?
Vitamin C (L- ascorbic acid) is a wonder vitamin. As we all know, it helps in fighting common cold, but other than that it is extremely important to keep our skin, hair, gums healthy. It greatly helps in keeping us young and active and in a positive state of mind. It also helps in fighting other infections and regular intake will help us in preventing cancers.
So, isn’t it a miracle that one single vitamin has such amazing benefits. So, that leaves us with no excuse, but to consume Vitamin C rich foods daily.
What are its sources?
It is predominantly obtained from plant sources, both fruits and vegetables.
Fruits with high Vitamin C content are:
Cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, pineapple, papaya, mango, berries and watermelon.
Vegetables with high Vitamin C content are:
Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green and red peppers, spinach, cabbage, leafy greens, sweet potato, tomatoes and white squash.
We must keep in mind that Vitamin C is a very fragile vitamin. It is easily damaged by prolonged or high temperature cooking, exposure to light or storing vitamin C rich foods for a long time. Eating raw fruits, vegetables, drinking cold pressed juices and steam cooking helps to minimise Vitamin C loss.
What are its benefits for Skin?
In patients with Vitamin C deficiency, skin becomes rough, dry or scaly and develops lines and wrinkles. This vitamin is extremely important for collagen formation, which is an essential component of dermis (deeper layer of skin), that helps to maintain a youthful appearance. It makes Vitamin C an anti-aging vitamin. It also helps in maintaining the integrity of walls of small blood vessels, hence deficiency leads to excess bleeding even in case of minor trauma to the skin.
It also helps in faster wound healing. It is a strong anti-oxidant, hence adequate intake will protect us from inflammatory diseases like acne, rosacea, lichen plans etc or help in faster improvement in case of any skin infections.
What are its benefits for Hair?
Deficiency of Vitamin C causes dry and splitting hair. Vitamin C helps in normal melanisation of hair and prevents premature greying. It is also helpful because of its strong anti-oxidant nature.
What are its benefits for nails?
Vitamin C helps to maintain healthy blood vessels in the nail bed, because in case of its deficiency, we can observe thin red lines underneath the nails which are caused by rupture of small capillaries. Vitamin C also helps in maintaining normal shape of nails otherwise the nails may develop abnormal curvature.
Most importantly, Vitamin C helps in absorption of iron from the food that we consume, and thereby enhancing the overall well-being.
Do embrace the benefits of this wonder vitamin and enjoy your healthy hair, skin and nails!!