Arbonne Ingredients Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.

What is Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)?

Ascorbic Acid, commonly known as Vitamin C, is a water-soluble vitamin essential for various bodily functions. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage, supports the immune system, promotes collagen production, and enhances iron absorption from plant-based foods. Unlike some vitamins, Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body and must be obtained through diet or supplements.

Where is it Usually Found in Nature?

Vitamin C is naturally found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Key sources include:

  • Citrus Fruits: Such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits.
  • Berries: Including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
  • Vegetables: Such as bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and spinach.
  • Other Fruits: Including kiwis, pineapples, and mangoes.
  • Tomatoes and Potatoes: Both are good sources of Vitamin C, especially when consumed fresh.

Benefits to Health and Body

  1. Immune Support: Vitamin C boosts the immune system by stimulating the production and function of white blood cells, enhancing the body's ability to fight infections and diseases.
  2. Antioxidant Properties: As a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C protects cells from oxidative stress and free radical damage, reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
  3. Collagen Production: It plays a vital role in the synthesis of collagen, a protein essential for healthy skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.
  4. Wound Healing: Vitamin C promotes faster wound healing by supporting the formation of new connective tissue.
  5. Iron Absorption: It enhances the absorption of non-heme iron (the type of iron found in plant-based foods), helping to prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Examples of Use

  • Dietary Supplements: Vitamin C is available in various forms, including tablets, capsules, powders, and chewable gummies, often used to boost immune function and overall health.
  • Skincare Products: Due to its antioxidant and collagen-boosting properties, Vitamin C is included in serums, creams, and lotions to improve skin health and reduce signs of aging.
  • Functional Foods and Beverages: Many health drinks, fortified juices, and snacks are enriched with Vitamin C to enhance their nutritional value.

Suggested Daily Intake

The recommended daily intake of Vitamin C varies by age and sex:

  • Adults (Men): 90 mg per day
  • Adults (Women): 75 mg per day
  • Pregnant Women: 85 mg per day
  • Breastfeeding Women: 120 mg per day

Higher doses may be beneficial in certain situations, such as during illness or increased physical stress, but it is important to avoid excessive intake, which can lead to side effects like gastrointestinal discomfort. The upper limit for adults is 2,000 mg per day. Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.

You'll find Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in the following Arbonne products