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When taking a standard Vitamin C tablet, only 7-8% is absorbed by the body. For real benefits to your immune system, you need a more bioavailable option.
Vitamin C plays an important role in supporting your immune system, and has a range of other health benefits. But it is not a vitamin that can be made within the body, so we have to find external sources. When it comes to protecting ourselves against winter viruses and other health issues, a Vitamin C supplement is an obvious choice. But did you know that taking a simple tablet can be improved upon?
How does Vitamin C support your immune system?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which means it fights off free radicals in the body and strengthens the skin’s barriers. Vitamin C also helps stimulate the production of white blood cells, which defend against infection, and enables them to function more effectively. When it comes to viruses like colds and flu, Vitamin C has been shown to speed up recovery.
What other health benefits are there to Vitamin C?
Vitamin C has a wide range of health benefits, for example:
- The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C fight free radicals and reduce inflammation, both of which are linked to a number of chronic illnesses
- Vitamin C has been found to lower blood pressure
- As well as reducing high blood pressure, Vitamin C can also help your cholesterol levels, both of which could reduce your risk of heart disease
- Vitamin C improves your body’s absorption of iron, helping to combat anaemia
- Low levels of Vitamin C have been linked to an increased risk of memory disorders, whereas high Vitamin C intake has been shown to improve memory and cognition as you age
Due to the powerful effects of Vitamin C, several studies have been conducted over the years into how very high doses, administered intravenously, can help a range of diseases, including pneumonia, polio and cancer. Much of our knowledge of the efficacy of Vitamin C began with Linus Pauling, a genius chemist who had won two Nobel prizes. These studies appear to suggest that high levels of Vitamin C injected into the body can have positive outcomes for patients, including increased survival and recovery rates. Similar studies are now being conducted into how high doses of Vitamin C can support Covid-19 patients, and initial findings are very positive.
How much Vitamin C should you take to build your immune system?
To get any real benefit from taking a Vitamin C supplement, you need a high dose – up to 1,000mg (or 1g) per day. However, when taking a standard Vitamin C tablet (whether fizzy or not), only 7-8% is absorbed by the body. That means taking a 1,000mg supplement will only actually give you 70-80mg of Vitamin C, not enough to make any great difference to your immune defences.
This is because traditional Vitamin C is not particularly “bioavailable”, making it hard for the body to process it. As Vitamin C is also water-soluble, it is easily and regularly flushed out by the body if not fully absorbed first. If you want to take a high dose of Vitamin C to seriously benefit your health, you need a more bioavailable option. Like Liposomal Vitamin C.
What is Liposomal Vitamin C?
Liposomal Vitamin C is where Vitamin C is wrapped in an outer layer of fat – the same type of fat as is found in human cell membranes. That means that this Vitamin C is absorbed directly into the cells of the body. The body recognises it in the same way as it does the fats that you eat in your regular diet, and it is taken up by the lymphatic system and enters the bloodstream. This means that very little of the substance or quality of the Vitamin C is lost in the process, and you have a far more effective boost to your immune system and support to your overall wellbeing.
You can buy Liposomal Vitamin C direct from Anahata, and learn more about how it works, by visiting our online shop.