Chances are, when you think of Vitamin C, your immune system might come to mind. Vitamin C is a well-known first line of defense and when our immune systems need a little extra support, like during the onset of cold and flu season, upping our vitamin C intake can be helpful.
You may be surprised to know that vitamin C serves many other functions in the body as well. Not only is it protective against illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer, vitamin C is also essential for critical functions like making collagen. This means it supports all of our tissues, from our bones to prevent osteoporosis to our skin to prevent wrinkles!
Some populations need an even higher amount of daily vitamin C. These include smokers, lactating women, and anyone who exercises heavily or is under high amounts of stress.
As we at NWW always encourage a food first philosophy, there are a lot of everyday foods we can consume that are naturally high in vitamin C. Maybe a juicy orange popped into your mind. Yes, fruits do contain vitamin C, but did you know that some of the highest sources are from vegetables? Typically the brighter the color, the richer the vitamin C content. Think deep colorful vegetables like dark leafy greens, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, purple cabbage, and brussels sprouts. The problem is that almost no one gets adequate amounts of vegetables in their daily diets. For this reason, supplementation may be your answer to getting the recommended amount of vitamin C. At NutriKey we offer a superb form of vitamin C in either capsule or liquid form!
With 6 added bioflavonoids, this vitamin C mimics how it is found in nature, making it more absorbable than the average vitamin C supplement.
It is buffered to prevent stomach upset. Most generic vitamin C supplements use plain ascorbic acid which is known to cause stomach irritation.
Clients have reported that they are able to take higher amounts of our vitamin C without the side effects commonly associated with plain ascorbic acid like above-mentioned stomach irritation and loose stools.
Liposomes are tiny bubbles, similar to a cell membrane, which help it cross into the cell effectively and transport nutrients throughout the body. Not only is this a highly absorbable form of vitamin C, it also tastes great with a natural citrus flavor added. It can be taken by itself or enhance a beverage or smoothie with a touch of sweet citrus flavor. This makes it an easy, well-liked option for kids as well.
How Much Vitamin C To Take and When
The goal is to keep our immune systems going strong all day, so the amount and timing of a vitamin C supplement are very important. A standard dose for immune support is 1,000 milligrams daily. However, to keep your immune system going strong during cold and flu season, a higher amount of 4,000 to 6,000 milligrams spread throughout the day would be even more helpful.
Note that it is important if taking a higher dose to spread vitamin C supplementation throughout the day instead of all at once. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning any excess that the body can’t use at that time is excreted. Also, dosing higher than 1,000 milligrams at once may cause bowel urgency. This is why spreading supplementation throughout the day will allow our bodies to make the best use of it.
So, if you’ve been looking for a simple and effective way to boost your immunity this season, try our highly absorbable Complete C-1000or liquid Liposomal Vitamin C. And of course for the best support, meeting with one of our licensed nutritionists or dietitians can help you create a tailored real food and supplement plan in a one-on-one in-person meeting, or via phone or Zoom.
For more resources on how to best support your immune system through this season, check out these articles and podcasts from the nutritionists and Nutritional Weight & Wellness.