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Vitamin C – why do we need it and what does it do?

Most people think of vitamin C when it comes to the common cold and helping the immune system, but this powerful antioxidant does so much more!

Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a nutrient that is found naturally in many different fruits and vegetables. It is a potent antioxidant and works to fight against free radicals to help to protect against disease, infections and inflammation in the body. Vitamin C is involved in many of the body’s processes, and is especially important for the growth and repair of all connective tissue including our bones, joints, and skin.

Because vitamin C is required for collagen synthesis, if there’s not enough of it in our diet then we can’t produce the collagen needed for healthy skin, hair, nails and joints. Overtime, this can lead to poor wound healing, dry skin, premature aging, as well as brittle hair and nails. Many previous studies have shown that vitamin C can actually reduce oxidative stress in the body as well as increase type 1 collagen synthesis. Making sure you get enough vitamin C is therefore important to boost your collagen levels for those luscious long locks, and a youthful glow!

Unlike some animals, humans can’t naturally produce vitamin C in the body. This makes vitamin C an essential nutrient and means that we must get it through our diet. The recommended daily intake of vitamin C for adults is 45mg per day, with needs increasing with pregnancy, breastfeeding, and especially for those who are under stress or those who smoke. Sources include citrus fruits, dark leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, broccoli, capsicum and strawberries.

Together with a high dose of marine collagen, Two Islands Collagen Beauty Powder includes 50mg of vitamin C per serve, 111% of your recommended daily intake. This way, you can be sure you’re doing your bit to get the most out of your collagen supplement, and support youthful, plump and glowing skin from the inside out.