Few people realize the importance of having ample supplies of water-soluble vitamin C in their body.
Without regular ingestion, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) levels drop rapidly and can produce hidden effects, long before major signs of scurvy appear. Otherwise unexplained fatigue, malaise, or “mind fog” may in reality be symptoms of vitamin C depletion.
All major immune system cell lines function at their peak with ample vitamin C supplies. With inadequate intake or plasma levels, those cells are less able to detect, track, and kill invading organisms or precancerous cells. That means that vitamin C depletion can leave one vulnerable to dangerous infections.
A large number of studies show the anti-inflammatory benefits of the antioxidant vitamin C. Vitamin C relieves muscle and joint pain by protecting and healing your muscular tissues. Also, it helps to strengthen your immune system and strengthen cellular development that helps with muscular maintenance and healing.
Vitamin C is widely celebrated for its immune boosting functions it is often forgetting that Vitamin C is also required for the synthesis of carnitine. Carnitine is a molecule which is essential for the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria. It is the mitochondria which convert food sources (such as fats) into energy in the body. Therefore, Vitamin C is also indirectly responsible for this process.
One of the most important functions of vitamin C is to support and energize the body’s immune system.
Immune cells have active vitamin C transporter molecules embedded in their membranes that actively pump the vitamin into the cells when more vitamin C is required. For example, during times of inflammation or infection, those transporters ramp up their activity to provide sufficient vitamin C to the cells’ inner workings, causing cells to attain levels up to 100-fold that of the plasma level. This is why blood levels of vitamin C drop during times of disease or infection. This can create a potentially vicious cycle in which, just when you need extra vitamin C, your body’s stores are depleted. This also makes it especially important to increase one’s intake of vitamin C when sick.