Are tiredness and vitamin C related?
Can Vitamin C deficiency contribute to tiredness?
Can Vitamin C help reduce tiredness - if taken in sufficient amounts?
Vitamin C is a very fascinating nutrient - it is one of the very first antioxidants discovered and described in detail in scientific literature.
Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered this chemical as ascorbic acid in the 1930s. And Linus Pauling later on popularised it as a cold-prevention agent and a potential nutrient for cancer treatment. (Ref. 1)
As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals which are known to contribute to tiredness & fatigue.
Next time you take a glass of orange juice, pay special attention to how you feel straight afterwards. Guaranteed - you will notice at least *some* boost of freshness inside and out! One of the explanations for this is that oranges are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants.
If we take numerous antioxidants on a regular basis, including vitamin C, we can hope that our general tiredness levels will subside significantly over a certain period of time.
Free radicals we accumulate in our bodies from the moment we are born, drag our immune system down and may contribute to tiredness.
Many people accept tiredness as a fact of everyday life, but it shouldn't be so.
Vitamin C can certainly help deal with tiredness.
Scientists performed numerous studies on effects of vitamin C on human health. Many of them have demonstrated very positive results.
One recent study demonstrated a significant reduction of Fatigue in office workers as a result of intravenous vitamin C therapy, only after just two hours following vitamin C administration. Low levels of fatigue stayed consistently low during the rest of the working day. (Ref. 2)
Another study showed a significant decrease in Fatigue and increase in vigour in young adult males who took two vitamin C-rich kiwifruits per day during a six-week period. (Ref. 3)
Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient. This means that its excesses are quickly excreted with urine and stools, and it doesn't stay in the system for too long.
Vitamin C which comes as an integral part of raw & whole foods IS, and always will be, a preferred option for the human body. In its food-state, it is bound to many other elements which are important for its proper absorption by the body.
Isolated vitamin C isn't always absorbed in an optimal way.
Excessive amounts of isolated vitamin C when taken orally can cause severe diarrhoea. This is my personal experience as well.
In certain occasions, ex. when a cancer patient decides to undergo an intravenous vitamin C therapy, isolated liquid-state vitamin C - administered under a doctor's supervision - is fine. This way it doesn't cause diarrhoea.
But in most other cases, taking a whole-foods vitamin C is always the best.
I believe that, taken in excessive amounts, isolated vitamins can sometimes be even toxic.
We know of several categories of foods which provide very high levels of antioxidants and other unique phytochemicals.
Some such foods are Berries.
Berries are exceptionally rich in antioxidants and specifically, vitamin C.
Check out our Berry Powder product for some inspiration - an excellent combination of foods to start with.
We notice that camu camu, a unique berry from Amazon rainforest - is especially rich in vitamin C. Its total vitamin C content is around 2%.
I like to take a glass of warm water with some squeezed lemon first thing in the morning, from time to time. Lemons are full of vitamin C. Warm water with lemon juice helps to get bowels moving and deal with tiredness better.