Each Vitamin is utilized differently in the body. Vitamin D promotes Calcium absorption, vitamin E is an important antioxidant which helps protect cell membranes against free radicals, but vitamin C is one of the most important because of the numerous benefits it serves our system. One crucial property of vitamin C is its effect on our skin due to how it raises our level of Collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It is found in our hair, skin, bones, teeth, organs, and connective tissue. Collagen is necessary for fighting wrinkles, scarring, and hair health, as well as growing and repairing cells and blood vessels. As a person ages, their Collagen creation decreases, causing disease, sagging skin, and joint pain. Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant also known as ascorbic acid, increases Collagen production, creating smoother, healthier skin, and promoting general improvements in all-around health. Because of the effect vitamin C has on Collagen, the threat of free radical damage on our skin is lessened, saving us from skin dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Not only does vitamin C destroy free radicals, it actually reverses DNA damage.
In addition to aiding the internal causes of skin damage, vitamin C is a protector against external forces also. Skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States, is the diagnosis for over 2 million people annually. This is due to carcinogens such as ultraviolet radiation, or X radiation among many others. The sun alone is a huge contribution to ultraviolet radiation, however the tanning bed phenomenon in recent years, which uses ultraviolet emitting lights to bronze the skin, is proven to increase the risk of skin cancer by 69%. Vitamin C isn’t able to cure skin cancer, but what it can do is reduce sunburn caused by ultraviolet radiation and prevent the damage inflicted from long-term sun exposure which may lead to skin cancer. It works by neutralizing those free radicals and replenishing the natural vitamin C in skin cells which reduces due to sun damage. Applying vitamin C topically is the most effective way to reach the cells which require it most.
Vitamin C has a variety of uses from its ability to boost immunities preventing the common seasonal cold, all the way to preventing or aiding types of disease and cancer. Its effectiveness regarding healthier skin and protection against sun damage is proven through over a half century of scientific research. Unfortunately, until recently vitamin C has been virtually ignored in the world of medicine. Dr. Frederick Klenner, an advocate of vitamin C in the early 1940’s, wrote: “Some physicians would stand by and see their patient die rather than use ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) because in their finite minds it exists only as a vitamin.” If we take the knowledge and resources readily available in the modern world we live in, we can all use this ultimate biological antioxidant we call vitamin C to improve our ability to fight the effects of aging, and live longer, healthier lives.