We think we know Vitamin C, but do we really?

Patty Christopher, MS,PT


Advanced Weight Loss & Wellness

Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is found naturally in some foods, added to others, or taken as a dietary supplement, orally or as an injection. Humans cannot create it within their bodies so it is considered an essential vitamin.

Vitamin C is used in the body to aid in collagen (an essential component of connective tissue and vital in wound healing) production and use, and in creating L-carnitine (which plays a critical role in energy production) and other neuro-transmitters. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant and helps create other anti-oxidants, all of which limit the damage caused in our skin and body by free-radicals. It is believed that this is how Vitamin C helps prevent or delay the development of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, age related macular degeneration, cataracts, and the common cold. Vitamin C also improves the absorption of iron.

We’ve recently seen an uptick in skin care products with Vitamin C. Clinical research supports the claims that Vitamin C improves uneven skin tone, sun damaged skin, wrinkles and even hyperpigmentation. Dorothy, a Weight Loss Counselor at Advanced Weight Loss and Wellness tells us, “Vitamin C acts in many ways to improve our skin. It hydrates skin, and brightens skin by fading hyperpigmentation. It evens skin tone, helps soothe sunburn and minimizes redness by its anti-inflammatory actions. It reduces the appearance of under eye circles by plumping and hydrating. And by promoting collagen production, Vitamin C minimizes wrinkles, and heals damaged skin. We offer it in both a chewable supplement and an injectable. Also, it is in most of our GloSkinBeauty skin care and make-up, which is one of the ways these products help protect and promote beautiful, bright skin.” For more information on Vitamin C, go to: https://www.advancedweight.com/blog/vitamin-C