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Science-Based Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Science-Based Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential vitamin that is required for the body to function properly that must be taken in through a person’s diet. It can also act as a powerful antioxidant and as a supplement it has many different health benefits. 

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1. Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory

Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals which increase oxidative stress and can cause inflammation.

Research has shown that vitamin C can increase the levels of antioxidants in the blood.1

Vitamin C can also scavenge a type of free radicals called reactive oxygen species.2

Researchers in another study claim that since vitamin C can counteract inflammation and reduce oxidative damage it could be used to slow the progression of several chronic and acute diseases.3

Vitamin C may help boost antioxidant capacity and reduce oxidative stress.

2. Boosts Immunity

Vitamin C has been shown to increase the activity of immune cells and increase resistance to bacterial and viral infections.4

Researchers have found vitamin C can help prevent pneumonia and improve symptoms.5 Another study claims vitamin C may be able to both prevent and treat systemic infections.6

Two other studies report that vitamin C can prevent pneumonia and other infections.7,8

Vitamin C may also reduce the duration of the common cold.9

Vitamin C may help increase immunity by increasing immune cell activity.

3. Reduces Gout Risk

Gout is a condition where uric acid levels in the blood are too high resulting in the uric acid crystallizing in joints resulting in pain.

Vitamin C intake in men has been shown to be inversely associated with blood uric acid levels.10

In a 2009 study from 1986 to 2006 with 46,994 participants researchers found that higher vitamin C intake was associated with a 44% lower risk of gout and they concluded vitamin C supplementation may be beneficial in the prevention of gout.11

Vitamin C may help prevent gout.

4. Heart Health

In a 2015 randomized controlled trial on a total of 64 patients researchers found vitamin C supplementation lowered levels of c-reactive protein which is an inflammatory marker that’s positively correlated with heart disease.12

Vitamin C can also help prevent endothelial dysfunction and reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis.13

Vitamin C may help improve heart health.

5. Mood and Depression

A sub-optimal vitamin C level is associated with an increase in depression symptoms.14

Vitamin C has also been shown to augment the anti-depressant called fluoxetine in the treatment of depression.15

Vitamin C may help improve mood and alleviate depression.

6. Skin Health

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help protect the skin from oxidative stress that results from the UV light triggered production of free radicals.16

Researchers also propose that vitamin C may also protect the skin through the promotion of fibroblast proliferation.17

Vitamin C may help improve skin health and reduce skin damage.


Vitamin C is an important vitamin that may help improve immune, skin and heart health in addition to other benefits.*

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