Ascorbic acid, or what we all know as vitamin C, is a water-soluble vitamin that cannot be produced on its own by our body. Sound familiar? Yes, vitamin C has similar properties as our B vitamins. It can be naturally found in many fruits and vegetables that we eat. The question is, are we eating enough fruits and vegetables to reap the numerous benefits of vitamin C? Read on to find out the benefits of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant. It helps to protect our cells against damage caused by free radicals, by neutralising them in our body before they pose any harm to our body systems. What exactly are free radicals? Free radicals are unstable molecules that our body produces when processing our foods, such as digesting and metabolizing. Additionally, they are also produced by our body when we are exposed to radiations such as UV rays, and carcinogens like tobacco and smoke. When we have too many free radicals, they can cause harm to our healthy cells and bodily functions. This is when, our vitamin C play a part by preventing or slowing down the damage caused by the free radicals.
Vitamin C also promotes collagen production. Collagen is the connective tissue that holds bones and muscles together. As we age, our collagen production decreases naturally, so vitamin C comes in handy! Collagen allows our skin to be tight, plump, and smooth. The secret to healthier and younger-looking skin is out! Moreover, Vitamin C plays an important role in wound healing, and repairing our tissues, helping to promote even skin tone and reduces pigmentation and redness.
Due to certain circumstances, eating a balanced diet may become a challenge for some of us in Singapore. Know someone who does not like eating fruits and vegetables? Share this article with them now.