What is collagen & why do we need it?
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 it’s 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.
The role of vitamin C in collagen production
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 helps 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.
“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?”
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
Make the change & C the difference
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.
Learn about how your vitamins might be doing more harm than good.
In this video Dr. David Wang explains how traditional vitamin C pills are made.5,6
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. Don’t take our word for the benefits, read the reviews and see for yourself:
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)