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Vitamin C is a Natural Antioxidant

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Scientific Name: {Ascorbic acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate}
Common Name: {Vitamin C}

Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants used in skincare products. It inhibits harm that can is caused by the oxidative stress of free radicals. The power of vitamin C was first discovered by sailors, who were on the ocean for weeks without any fruit. Even if they had all the other necessary nutrients, they became very sick, even to the point of developing bleeding disorders and ulcers on the skin. Researchers discovered that fruit was an essential part of the human diet and that it must contain some substance that our bodies find vitally important. Later, it was discovered that this substance is vitamin C. Though in modern times we rarely suffer from such an extreme lack of vitamin C, our bodies may fail to utilize it properly.

Using a product that contains vitamin C is extremely beneficial. Not only does it act as one of the world’s most powerful natural antioxidants, but it is also naturally anti-bacterial, aids in collagen production, helps to build the proteins that skin needs to regenerate, and stimulates blood flow. Few other ingredients can boast such a wide array of benefits.

When our skin is over-exposed to UVA and UVB rays from the sun, premature aging can start. Free radicals begin careening through the cells. This, in turn, produces more unhealthy cells. If left unchecked, sometimes they can cause cancer. When vitamin C is applied to the skin, it gathers up and neutralizes these cells, eliminating their ability to wreak havoc on our skin. Plus, giving it a chance to stay healthy. This is one of the most vital processes of this ingredient, as it can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging that are caused by photo-damage. This, paired with its ability to boost collagen production, really helps to firm and plump skin from within. A natural skin lightener, C doesn't just make skin look better but helps it to be healthier so that it naturally appears brighter.

As a natural anti-bacterial ingredient, vitamin C helps to combat blemishes. It helps improve the skin’s ability to get rid of a pimple or expel the impurities that cause discolorations. Most acne is caused by bacteria combining with our body’s natural oils, which are then trapped in a pore. By killing off this bacteria, there is less of a chance that acne will develop. Vitamin C improves blood flow. The dermis is better able to fight these areas of infections if a pimple does occur. This influx of blood renews the infected tissues and builds new structures in the skin to ensure that it is less susceptible to acne and other kinds of impurities.

Incorporating Vitamin C into your diet can benefit the whole family. Adults get the antioxidant protection they need, and kids get the health benefits of stronger bodies and respiratory systems. Because it is not stored in our bodies, it is necessary to consume foods high in C every day. This naturally-occurring nutrient is easily obtained from dark leafy greens, the pulp of fruits and everyday herbs.

Sources of Vitamin C:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Herbs
Here are just a few examples where you can find this amazing antioxidant naturally: Vitamin C is a Natural Antioxidant Sources

Oranges, plums, pears, apricots, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, guava, black currant, apples, bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, mango, cantaloupe, lemons, limes, tomatoes, papaya, watermelon.


Chili peppers, red and green bell peppers, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, celery, cucumber, cabbage, bok choy, parsley, turnip greens, beets, leeks, mustard greens, collard greens, swiss chard, romaine lettuce, onions, spinach, asparagus, potatoes, sweet potato, winter squash, green peas, green beans, summer squash, carrots.

  • basil 
  • chives 
  • parsley 
  • fennel 
  • thyme
  • peppermint 
  • dill
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