THE CRUCIAL RELATIONSHIP: Vitamin C and Collagen
We all know that Vitamin C is important for our immune systems - and that collagen is critical for our skin and joints. But did you know that collagen production is DEPENDENT on having adequate Vitamin C? In fact, all of the connective tissues of the skin, teeth, bones, organs, and cartilage can become brittle over time, especially as we age, without the help of vitamin C.
Vitamin C and collagen work very closely together! Collagen is the most abundant protein building block for all our connective tissues, but it cannot be built without a sustained intake of ascorbic acid.
Without vitamin C, collagen production is DISRUPTED and cannot be completed. They rely on each other to optimize your body’s healthiest potential!
WHAT IS VITAMIN C’s ROLE IN THIS RELATIONSHIP?
- Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin that our body cannot produce on its own (it must be acquired through diet)
- Collagen formation requires large amounts of Vitamin C
- Vitamin C adds hydrogen and oxygen to amino acids
- The body must continually produce collagen, it is the most abundant protein in the human body.
- Vitamin C is destroyed in the process of forming collagen; therefore we must constantly be replenished.
A decline in collagen production affects skin, hair, nails, ligaments, tendons, bones and muscles.
WHAT IS COLLAGEN’S ROLE IN THIS RELATIONSHIP?
- A protein that works like glue to bind cells together.
- The most abundant fiber in our connective tissue, which gives our bodies form and support.
- Found in the connective tissue of our skin, teeth, bones, organs, and cartilage.
- Keeps our skin firm and resilient, protecting it from wrinkling.
Our bodies can only absorb collagen when it is in the “hydrolyzed” form - broken down into smaller molecules, called peptides. These smaller proteins are well absorbed in the digestive system and make their way to targeted tissues. Here they act as building blocks and trigger our own internal collagen production!
When we do not have enough vitamin C, we jeopardize the delicate balance between vitamin C and collagen - and we may start to see the dreaded fine lines and wrinkles. We may also notice less joint and bone strength. Most people wouldn’t expect that vitamin C might be important for their joints - but it most certainly is!
The Bennulife team of scientists and doctors offer custom-formulated, pharmaceutical-grade Vitamin C and the highest quality grass-fed, pasture-raised collagen hydrolysate.
Questions about any of our products? Please contact our Nutrition and Wellness Program Director, at 512-213-1668.