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This nutrient is more popular than Taylor Swift right now

April 06, 2020 4 min read

This nutrient is more popular than Taylor Swift right now

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Swift vs vitamin c

This is a graph from Google Search trends that shows the relative search popularity between Taylor Swift (the red line) and… wait for it…

Vitamin C.

As you can see, Miss Americana was the clear winner in search popularity when compared to Vitamin C up until the beginning of March. Since then, even a leaked video which claims to be a full recorded phone conversation between Swift and Kanye West couldn’t put her ahead of the essential nutrient.

Vitamin C has been linked to a number of impressive health benefits, so it’s no wonder people are turning to it right now. It is also an essential vitamin, meaning your body can’t produce it on its own. Thankfully, it can be found in many fruits and vegetables, and you can also get it from supplements.

So, why all the fuss about vitamin C?

Experts say vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients. No, it won’t cure the illnesses like the common cold, but it may help shorten the duration and prevent more serious complications of it. Additionally, some studies indicate that it can protect against immune system deficiencies, chronic disease, and even skin wrinkling.*

Vitamin C and your immune system

oranges vitamin c

Vitamin C is highly concentrated in immune cells. Therefore, not having it during times of infection or stress means you’re costing yourself a valuable component of your defense.

It’s always good to get enough vitamin C, but it’s especially critical when you’re sick. Because during an infection or stress – when you need it more than ever – vitamin C concentrations rapidly decline.*

One study took aim at how vitamin C supplementation was able to make up for this, and they also looked at the ensuing benefits:

Supplementation of vitamin C was found to improve components of the human immune system such as antimicrobial and natural killer cell activities, lymphocyte proliferation, chemotaxis, and delayed-type hypersensitivity. Vitamin C contributes to maintaining the redox integrity of cells and thereby protects them against reactive oxygen species generated during the respiratory burst and in the inflammatory response.

But your immune system will appreciate more vitamin C even when you’re not sick. It can contribute to the production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes, and these can help protect your body against infection. Not only that – it helps your white blood cells function more effectively, and it can protect them against harmful molecules, such as free radicals.*


How much is enough Vitamin C?

Mark Moyad, Director of Preventive & Alternative Medicine at the University of Michigan, was recently a part of a research project that looked at more than 100 studies over 10 years, and it surfaced a number of benefits of vitamin C. One of the big findings, though, was that we probably aren’t getting enough of it.

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is between 75 and 90 milligrams for adults, but most of the studies Moyad examined involved people using at least 500 daily milligrams, and these were the people that were experiencing the most promising results.*

Can you get 500 mg of vitamin C per day from eating fruits and vegetables? Yes, but that just means you would be chewing all day. Plus, the facts are that you probably aren’t eating enough fruits and veggies to get there – less than 20% of adults get the recommended nine servings of fruits and veggies each day.*

Dr. Moyad points out that there are other ways to get vitamin C:

"It is just not practical for most people to consume the required servings of fruits and vegetables needed on a consistent basis, whereas taking a once-daily supplement is safe, effective, and easy to do."

It’s good to get as much of it as possible from food, but there aren’t many downsides to using dietary supplements. Since vitamin C isn’t stored in your body – excess amounts are excreted – overdose is not a major concern. Of course, there can always be too much of even the best things, so Dr. Moyad recommends against exceeding the safe upper limit of 2,000 mg in a day.*

How to get enough vitamin C each day

The same article referenced earlier about Dr. Moyad’s research contains this helpful list of some common foods you could eat with their corresponding Vitamin C amount:

  • Cantaloupe, 1 cup (8 ounces): 59mg
  • Orange juice, 1 cup: 97mg
  • Broccoli, cooked, 1 cup: 74mg
  • Red cabbage, 1/2 cup: 40mg
  • Green pepper, 1/2 cup, 60mg
  • Red pepper, 1/2 cup, 95mg
  • Kiwi, 1 medium: 70mg
  • Tomato juice, 1 cup: 45mg.

Additionally, you can now get our newest product which will give you 1,000 mg of Vitamin C in a single capsule. That’s the equivalent of 20 oranges.

Not only that, but each capsule is enhanced with rose hips. Vitamin C with rose hips is known for excellent immune support due to its powerful antioxidant properties and bioflavonoids.*

Vitamin C has established itself as a worthy opponent (in terms of search popularity) of a major pop culture icon. And it’s not hard to understand why – there are legions of benefits, and now more than ever is a good time to make sure you’re getting enough.

*Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.



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