What is vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. He is also involved in the synthesis of collagen. That is why ascorbic acid is part of the majority of cosmetic products aimed at combating wrinkles. However, collagen is necessary not only for skin elasticity: a sharp decrease in the number of collagen fibers on the surface of blood vessels leads to hemorrhages, and their lack in tissues can provoke the destruction of bones. Collagen provides rapid healing of any damage to the skin (cuts, wounds, scratches).
Ascorbic acid is able to effectively deal with stress. During a strong emotional upheaval in the body, hormone production occurs - cortisol and adrenaline. Vitamin C is directly involved in their biosynthesis and protects adrenaline from oxidation. Taking ascorbic acid during stress can significantly improve a person’s internal state.
Vitamin C is involved in the metabolism of amino acids, contributing to the formation of serotonin and a special protein that is responsible for immunity.In addition, ascorbic acid is involved in the process of cholesterol exchange and normalization of its level in the blood.
A person can absorb a limited amount of ascorbic acid during the day - about 2-3 g. Since vitamin C is water-soluble, its excess can be easily eliminated by the kidneys in an unchanged condition. The daily rate of ascorbic acid for humans is the subject of lively debate among scientists and physicians. On average, this figure is 50-60 mg of vitamin C per day.
The highest concentration of ascorbic acid in fresh vegetables, fruits, berries and greens: wild rose, currant, green peas, sea buckthorn, sweet red pepper, Brussels sprouts, parsley. The next most valuable foods that contain vitamin C are cauliflower, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and beef liver.
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