vitamin c and collagen
Vitamin C and collagen work together! Collagen is an insoluble, fibrous protein consisting of amino acids.3 A healthy body naturally produces this protein.1, 3 Collagen helps protect our skin by filtering out environmental toxins and other pathogens. It’s widely known for its vanity benefits.1 These include nail and hair strength and growth. As one grows older, more collagen is needed. This is because the body naturally slows down collagen production as people age.
collagen and vitamin c benefits
Without adequate amounts of dietary vitamin C, the body can’t actually form or store collagen.2,3 This makes vitamin C a mandatory co-factor in collagen synthesis.2,3 It’s responsible for holding cells together during the creation of collagen.4
This is one of the reasons why vitamin C is considered to be a vanity vitamin. It can help your body synthesize collagen which leads to healthy nails, hair, skin and other benefits. Due to vitamin C being water soluble, the body needs daily refills of this vitamin.4 If your body lacks collagen, a quality vitamin C supplement should be a high priority.
The best vitamin C supplement
“I’m taking a collagen supplement and I eat enough vitamin C, why aren’t I seeing the benefits with my skin, hair and nails?” You likely need a better vitamin C supplement.
Many people assume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will provide them with the vitamin C they need to stay healthy and immune. That is rarely the case in the modern world.
Think about it for a moment; due to environmental pollution and fast farming, fruits and vegetables don’t have the nutrition they used to.7 Additionally stress depletes stores of many vitamins, including vitamin C.4
So, less nutritious food + more stress = your body’s need for more vitamins. The following has actually
proven to leach vitamin C from your body, thus creating more of a demand for the vitamin:4
- Stresses; traffic, work deadlines, loud noises, caffeine consumption etc.
- Environmental toxins
- Use of drugs like oral contraceptives
- Your body growing (Children or pregnant women especially need more vitamin C)
- Infection or illness; think about your body fighting off a cold
If you’re not seeing or feeling the benefits, it’s time to start taking a vitamin C supplement that works. It’s also important to note that organic fruits and vegetables tend to have more nutrition than conventionally grown produce.8
The best natural vitamin c supplement
Many vitamin C supplements are made with ascorbic acid.5 This is a derivative from the actual full spectrum, whole food vitamin C.5 Ascorbic acid does not naturally exist in nature on its own, so no wonder your body has issues absorbing and using it!5 If your vitamin C pill or powder doesn’t make your nails stronger, hair thicker or body immune during flu season, it’s probably not a vitamin C supplement, it’s an ascorbic acid supplement. Look at the label of the Vitamin C supplement; it should only list food! Not strange chemicals you don’t know how to pronounce.
Learn about how your vitamins might be doing more harm than good.
In the below video, Dr. David Wang explains how traditional vitamin C pills are made, and spoiler alert they are often made using gross chemicals that can be harmful to your health.5,6 Ironic isn’t it?
See and feel the difference with our PureFood C. It’s easy for your body to use and absorb because it’s just organic fruits and vegetables. This 2 Ingredient powerhouse contains organic amla berries and moringa leaves. You can learn more about the benefits of amla berries by reading our article The health benefits of amla.
5 McGartland CP, Robson PJ, et al. Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Bone Mineral Density: The Northern Ireland Young Hearts Project. Am J ClinNutr, 2004; 80(4): 1019-1023
6 Thiel R. The Truth About Vitamins In Supplements ANMA Monitor, 2003; 6(2)