Three Reasons to Love Vitamin C – Better Lovin’, Skin & Sight

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If you’ve read our blog, you know we’re big believers in the power of vitamin C. But we like to add proof to the pudding. This week, we’re bringing you three new reasons to appreciate your ascorbic acid.

Vitamin C makes you feel sexy.

It’s Valentine’s Day, so of course we want to feel sexy, but what about the rest of the year? Nutrition author Elizabeth Somer tells us that adding vitamin C rich foods to our diets can aid the brain, heart, nerves and circulation,” which are all involved with that “sexy feeling. Read more about how you can increase your “sexy” factor with a healthy diet.

Vitamin C is great for your skin.

Want younger-looking skin? Try adding some C to your day. Vitamin C peels are becoming a popular skin treatment and getting enough of the power antioxidant gives you that glow. How? Vitamin C is involved in collagen production, which is the “elastic” in your skin and connective tissue. Ever heard of collagen injections? That’s right, vitamin C leads to plumper lips and a better complexion. Halle Berry has been reported to put vitamin C on her skin as the step between cleansing and moisturizing. And she’s 45. Hmm?

Vitamin C is great for your eyes.

A breakthrough study this past year shows that your eyes can work overtime without enough vitamin C. The research team at Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon suggested  that gamma aminobutyric aci (GABA) receptors in the retina need vitamin C to maintain proper function. This information could affect research on diseases involving the eye and central nervous system including glaucoma and epilepsy.

Henrique von Gersdorff, PhD and lead researcher of the study, which was originally published in the Journal of Neuroscience, says that vitamin C is essential to the function of the cells outside and inside the retina. If you lack abscorbic acid, “the cells and receptors start to break down and don’t function very well. But as soon as you add vitamin C, function is preserved,” he said in a report at MedScape Medical News.

Another interesting finding from the study is that your brain hoards vitamin C. The researchers aren’t exactly sure why, but Dr. von Gersdorff says when your body is in short supply of the antioxidant, the brain keeps its stores longer.

The impact on eyesight is speculative and more research is needed, but the researchers suggest that getting enough vitamin C “could be neuroprotective for the retina.” The groundbreaking part of this research for glaucoma and epileptic patients suggest that this could help the retina avoid overwork due to too much information from the neuroreceptors or communication vehicles from the brain, according to a report on the study in Men’s Health.

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