Origins of Vitamin C
The history behind Vitamin C is one of the more well-known stories of all the vitamins. A diet lacking in Vitamin C can lead to scurvy, a deficiency disease that causes swollen and bleeding gums. Scurvy was first accounted for in 1550 BC when the Ebers Papyrus (an Egyptian medical book) assigned treatment as the consumption of onions. In 1535, a French ship was stranded in Canada. Native Americans provided the crew with a liquid concoction consisting of soaked bark from a local tree, which cured the scurvy outbreak amongst the crew onboard. But it wasn’t until 1747 when James Lind, a British naval surgeon, conducted a study on 12 men onboard a ship suffering from scurvy. Lind gave the men various additions to their diet and those given citrus fruits recovered remarkably. Albert Szent-Györgyi was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1937 for his discovery of Vitamin C, having isolated the vitamin from plant juices and animal tissues in 1928.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C has several vital roles within the optimal functioning of the human body, one of which is its ability to maintain the normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise. This supports the normal functioning of the immune system contributing to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin C also works in conjunction with Iron, particularly non-haem Iron, to increase the absorption levels and prevent Iron deficiency anaemia.
The vitamin has also been found to help with normal physiological function, prompting normal energy metabolism and protecting cells from oxidative stress - all three functions also work to improve depleted energy levels. Another important role of this antioxidant is to contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system, as well as regeneration of the reduced form of Vitamin E - another antioxidant. Lastly, the vitamin benefits the formation of collagen and aids the functioning of several physiological elements, including blood vessels, bones, cartilage, gums, skin and teeth.
Our Vitamin C tablets
Vitamin C is a natural component of many plant-based sources, including oranges and orange juice, red and green peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, potatoes and broccoli.
Our tablets each provide 1,000mg Vitamin C and we advise against taking more than one tablet per day.
Please note - we recommend that both the 500 and 1,000 tablet options are more suitable for use by more than one person. This is to ensure that you are receiving full use of the product before its expiry date. For one person's use, we recommend the 120 or 240 tablet options.