Vitamin C is an essential mineral that acts as an antioxidant. It prevents cell aging by removing reactive oxygen species in our body.

Also, vitamin C helps to produce collagen to keep your skin and your gums healthy.

Efficiency of vitamin C absorption is different for everyone. How would genetics play a role in vitamin C absorption?

SVCT1 protein is essential in vitamin C absorption within our body. The gene encoding for SVCT1 protein is called SLC23A1. Someone who has a genetic variant of this particular gene produce insufficient amount of SVCT1 protein, and cannot absorb vitamin C as efficiently as others.

When our bodies lack vitamin C, wounds take longer to heal and our body becomes more prone to gingivitis. Chronic fatigue, nosebleeds, and depression are also characteristic symptoms of vitamin C deficiency.

Efficient way of consuming vitamin C

It is recommended to eat vegetables and fruits more than once every day. However, vitamin C is sensitive to heat, so keep in mind not to use heat or blender.

How to increase antioxidant effects of vitamin C

Working out and taking vitamin C supplements can increase your body's antioxidant capabilities. Try doing aerobic exercises like jogging, cycling, swimming, or hiking.

Protecting smokers' health with vitamin C

Smokers need more vitamin C than non-smokers to remove free radical oxygens. A non-smoking adult requires two tangerines (100mg) to meet daily recommended intake of vitamin C. For smokers, however, a half of kiwi (30mg) is needed.

Try eating fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits to consume vitamin C. Your immune system as well as your skin beauty will be positively affected by your daily consumption of vitamin C.


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