Vitamin C is one of the most popular and the most recognizable vitamins. Traditionally, it is associated with immunity, but the range of its systemic activity goes much further, and its appropriate concentration in the blood serum brings many health benefits.
Vitamin C is above all a powerful antioxidant, i.e. a substance that effectively eliminates the oxidative stress that escalates especially in stressful situations, as well as during heavy, intense workouts. Vitamin C is also essential for the synthesis of collagen (the main structural protein), carnitine (an effective transporter) and several important neurotransmitters. In addition, it promotes the sealing of blood vessels, which results in the improvement of the transport efficiency of biologically active compounds in the body and a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Vitamin C supports the immune system, facilitates the absorption of iron, and also improves lipid metabolism. Research shows that this vitamin may also be effective in reducing the level of histamine, which makes it an effective anti-allergen. In turn, athletes will appreciate its ability to reduce catabolic cortisol which hinders the work on building muscle mass and promotes fat deposition around the abdomen.