Sorry for missing out on our blog for a while after my long vacation this January. Since Coronavirus and SARS have been becoming our recent concern and fright these days, we heard a lot about how to protect ourselves from this flu infection and the need for increasing our self-defending system. That’s how Vitamin C gets its attention recently. So I think that we may need a friendly discussion about how we can yield and optimize all the benefits from Vitamin C. Why, when and how can we take this vitamin right?
As per our general understanding, vitamin C is a very important nutrient not only to maintain our healthy immune system but also for the anti-aging and appearance of the skin. Hence, from a long time ago, the medical industry and beauty industry are trying to research, develop, and produce many many kinds of functional foods, multi-vitamins, and serum, creams, etc. And I feel that it’s quite confusing sometimes to choose the exact forms of Vitamin C that we indeed need.
In this post, I would like to briefly point out some highlights about Vitamin C in ORAL usage for overall and skin health only, then quickly review one of the best-selling products of HUM Nutrition – Glow Sweet Glow as the referenced supplement.
Why do we need Vitamin C? – The benefits
- Vitamin C is the strong antioxidant to strengthen your immune system, to protect cells from harmful free-radicals, and fight back inflammation.
- Vitamin C supports to relax the blood vessels so as to reduce blood pressure level
- Vitamin C is found to reduce uric acid in the blood and as a result, protect us against gout attack
- Vitamin C can help improve the Iron absorption from the diet by 67% then reduce the risk of iron deficiency for anemia people
- Vitamin C involves and helps our self-defending system by supporting white blood cells production, helping them to function more effectively, protecting white blood cells from free radicals, shortening the wound healing time, and strengthening the skin barriers
- By the effect of antioxidation, Vitamin C protects and prevents oxidative stress and inflammation near the brain, spines, and nerves, so that it indirectly helps to bring protective effect from dementia as we age.
How miracle is Vitamin C? – Debunk all the myths
We should have Vitamin C to prevent the common cold or cure it
We usually load up Vitamin C when the flu season starts to prevent catching a cold. Unfortunately, although Vitamin C indeed supports our immune system, it will not be helpful if we want any shortcut. Vitamin C is only proved to reduce the severity of the cold or its duration by 8% in adults and 14% in children. This may be true if we take care of our lifestyle and diet to provide Vitamin C all the time, not in a short period.
Vitamin C is water-soluble then we can have Vitamin C as many as we want
No, no, please. While Vitamin C is water-soluble, it gets transported to our tissues via body fluids and the extra gets excreted in the urine. However, the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C is from 60-90 mg to the max of 2,000 mg a day.
If we take in a higher amount, it will start to accumulate and lead to overdose symptoms, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal cramps, headache, and insomnia. Moreover, consuming too much Vitamin C will bring about the potentiality of developing kidney stones by increasing the amount of oxalate in our urine.
Vitamin C helps to reduce cancer risks
Many sellers have been promoting Vitamin C as the ingredient that can help in preventing cancer. In fact, it will not be the case. Many pieces of research found that there is no relevant proof to show the liability between Vitamin C and the development of cancer.
How should we take Vitamin C? – The usage
Because Vitamin C is the water-soluble type, our body will not naturally produce or store it. Vitamin C will be cleared from our blood by kidneys and excreted in the urine. Hence, we need to consume Vitamin C from our daily meals or other supplemental sources.
As Vitamin C supplements are quite safe to consume at any time of the day, it is recommended to take it at the same time every day with or after a meal to avoid nausea or increase acidity in our stomach. The supplements are ideally to split into small doses for better absorption. Pieces of evidence are found that Vitamin C intake may affect and shorten our rest time at night, so this vitamin should be taken in the morning and before 2 PM.
To maximize the benefits from Vitamin C and other vitamins or minerals, we can also look for some of the below combinations with Vitamin C in the multi-vitamin supplements or daily diets:
1. Vitamin C and Iron
As mentioned above, Vitamin C contributes to increasing the Iron absorption of our body from daily meals. However, this combination should be applied carefully, especially for children under age 6 to avoid iron poisoning and only with a prescription from doctors. The limit of elemental Iron intake should be lower than 20mg/kg at one time for healthy adults. So the recommended way to get the best benefits from this combination is that we add on fruits, vegetables and other foods rich in Vitamin C and Iron in our diet.
2. Vitamin C and Vitamin E
This combo seems quite common in many skin supplements. As in the research The role of Vitamin C in skin health by Julliet M Pullar, Anitra C. Carr and Margreet C. M. Vissers, Vitamin C is particularly effective at reducing oxidative damage to the skin when it is used in conjunction with vitamin E. This is in accord with its known function as a regenerator of oxidized vitamin E, thereby effectively recycling this important lipid-soluble radical scavenger and limiting oxidative damage to cell membrane structures.
3. Vitamin C and Glutathione
Glutathione is an important water-soluble and self-produced antioxidant to reduce oxidative stress by combating free radicals in our body. This nutrient is depleted over time due to poor diet, chronic disease, infection, stress, and age. Therefore, adding it into the diet can help to maintain Glutathione by attacking free radicals before they reach to Glutathione, and converting oxidized Glutathione back to its active form. Moreover, research also found that taking Vitamin C supplements increase the Glutathione level in white blood cells. Therefore, this combination is famous for anyone who seeks the way of brightening skin tone.
Why should we consider HUM Glow Sweet Glow? – The quick review
Ingredients per serving size of 02 gummies
Low molecular Hyaluronic Acid (30K Daltons, vegetarian source – 120mg), Amla fruit (source for natural Vitamin C – 5mg), Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid – 90mg), Vitamin E (as D-Alpha mixed Tocopherol – 15mg), evaporated Cane Juice (as sweetener), Tapioca syrup (as sweetener), purified water, vegetable Glycerin, Pectin, Citric Acid, Natural Orange Flavor, Sodium Citrate, Natural Annatto Color, vegetable oil, Carnauba wax.
Backed by science, sustainably sourced, non-GMO, 100% vegan, no soy, gluten-free, no artificial color and no preservatives, HUM products are good for any diets, even vegetarians and vegans.
As we can find in the ingredients list, one of the highlighted combinations listed above is Vitamin C and Vitamin E, moreover, we also have the Hyaluronic Acid. It is expected to bring about all the best to our skin. Hyaluronic Acid helps to keep moisture and collagen locked inside to maintain the hydration and elasticity of the skin. Together with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E add on the anti-aging effect to fight back the free radicals and boost up collagen production underneath. Besides the fact and figures I just mentioned, my personal experience of HUM Glow Sweet Glow is pretty positive and satisfied.
HUM Glow Sweet Glow gummies are really yummy just like the way it is named. With tangerine flavor and the sweetly sour taste, these gummies may urge you to keep having one and another. But please only put yourself under control not to exceed the recommended dose on the package. I usually have it after breakfast and before coffee time. ^^
About the effectiveness, we cannot expect to see the huge difference in just 04 weeks or after only one bottle. However, my skin really gets softer, toned and plumper starting from week 5. The promise of fading skin discoloration of post-acne, or glowing out and evening out the skin tone is still not found. Perhaps these also need some help from our daily skincare routine. However, as a fan of HUM, I’m still in love with Glow Sweet Glow too much!
How did you add Vitamin C in your daily diet? Have you ever tried HUM Glow Sweet Glow or any other HUM products? I expect to know more about your opinion. Let’s leave some comments below ^^