The Truth About Vitamin C: Do You Really Need It?

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If there’s one vitamin that’s become a rockstar in the wellness community, it’s vitamin C. Vitamin C skincare, powders, face creams, and supplements are lining the shelves (and bathroom cupboards). But what is it? Does it do anything, and is it actually important?

If you want to know more about the magic vitamin, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done some digging, so you don’t have to. Read on for the benefits of this power vitamin and if it’s worth your while. 

What is Vitamin C?

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Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is something you obtain through nutrition. Your body doesn’t produce it independently, and you can’t retain it but must consistently replenish it. So, downing a one-off tube of supplements won’t work (just in case you were wondering).

Vitamin C Skincare: Is it a Hype?

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Applying vitamin C facecreams and serums can help your skin - to an extent. However, you often need to combine it with other ingredients, like vitamin C and retinol, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. So, you could argue that it’s not just the vitamin that gives you a juicy glow but everything else with it.

So, is it a hype? Yes and no. The vitamin is crucial for your body. But, it seems that the primary way people reach for it is through skincare products. 

The Better Way to Use Vitamin C

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While vitamin C skincare may be your thing, we believe in nurturing your body holistically. In other words, caring and loving yourself as a whole, not just one part. Vitamin C doesn’t just help your skin but your entire body. So, we’re here to spotlight this vital vitamin and share just how powerful it is.

Why is Vitamin C Important?

There are a crucial number of vitamin C benefits that you can’t get from anything else. Read on to find out what they are.

Critical to Build Collagen

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If you know us, you know we’re collagen crazy. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It’s responsible for a whole lot more than youthful, bouncy skin (although we will admit, that’s a bonus).

There are key ingredients you need for collagen synthesis. One is amino acids. And another? Vitamin C. In short, you can’t build collagen without vitamin C.

Collagen gives your tendons and muscles elasticity and strength. That means springy joints (and less knee pain), stable artery walls (better blood flow) and stretchy cells (supple skin and healthy hair). But you can’t get all these health benefits if you’re only applying a topical cream. 

Read more: How To Boost Your Amino Acids For Collagen.

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We formulated our vegan collagen supplement with vitamin C because we know it’s vital for a healthy body, mind and soul. When you absorb our liquid collagen, it gives your body the ‘ingredients’ to build collagen from the inside out.

Faster Recovery When You’re Ill

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Research suggests that people who regularly take a vitamin C supplement recover from illness faster. They bounce back about a day earlier than those who don’t top up the vitamin. The study also concludes that when you take a vitamin C tablet, cold symptoms are less severe. 

What’s even more astounding is that regularly taking it reduces the likelihood of catching a cold by 50% when partaking in strenuous activities, such as marathons. So, if you love going on long hikes and runs, this vitamin should be on your checklist.

Read more: How To Boost Your Immune System.

May Reduce the Risk of Certain Cancers

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Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, which means it protects your body against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is when your cells suffer damage from free radicals (atoms that aren’t attached to any cells). They attack different cells, including collagen, but can also trigger cancer.

The nutrient fortifies your body against oxidative stress, possibly reducing the risk of developing cancer. There is still research looking into whether it delays specific cancers, but it’s important to note that regardless, it’s fantastic for your overall health.

Aids Iron Absorption

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Iron deficiency is common, especially if you still have periods. Women who menstruate need nearly twice the amount of iron as men. But it’s no good chucking back iron tablets if your body can’t absorb them properly. 

Vitamin C stops iron from oxidising in the stomach and increases the amount your body absorbs. This leads to better energy, which is particularly useful during the menstrual cycle.

Helps Achieve Glowy Skin

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It’s common knowledge that vitamin C helps you get that glow, and it’s mainly because it boosts collagen production

However, this powerful vitamin is also an anti-inflammatory, killing bacterial infections that cause acne and soothing red skin. It also has a skin-brightening effect by regenerating cells for a fresh and radiant face.

Read more: 5 Powerful Ways Liquid Collagen Revitalises Your Skin.

What is the Best Vitamin C Supplement?

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You’re unlikely to have a deficiency, but it is useful to take a supplement (psst, our collagen contains the vital vitamin). If you want extra supplementation, look out for these top things:

  • Zero additives
  • Doesn’t have synthetic dyes
  • Ethically sourced
  • Great reviews

How Much Vitamin C Per Day for a Woman?

Women need about 75mg daily. Remember, you should get most vitamins through your diet and use a vitamin C powder, capsule or liquid as a top-up. So, ensure you eat vitamin C foods like oranges and kiwis.

What Happens if You Have Too Much Vitamin C?

There’s no point taking more than the recommended dose because your body doesn’t stockpile the vitamin and flushes out any extra. However, an excessive amount can cause cramps, diarrhoea, and nausea. So, cease taking the supplements if you experience these symptoms. 

Improve Your Vitamin C Levels With Arella Beauty

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We know the beautiful potential of vitamin C. It’s fantastic for cold recovery, protection against oxidative stress, building collagen and absorbing iron. That’s why we’ve included it in our liquid collagen supplement. Instead of focusing on a lavish vitamin C serum or face cream, start from the inside with Arella Beauty.

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Written by Emma Carey for Arella Beauty.

Emma is a holistic beauty and wellness writer. She has three years of experience in the well-being industry and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and Wellness. Check out her portfolio and follow her on Instagram.