DO YOU C THE CONNECTION?

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Hey there! Since we last posted here, vitamin C has once again popped up on our radar. Remember our old friend vitamin C? We know vitamin C is not a recent trend. Even though it has been around a long time, it has in a way reinvented itself and has brought along a friend: Collagen!

One thing for sure, we know collagen and vitamin C work hand-in-hand together. They have a codependent relationship in the healthiest of ways. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body along with being a key building block component in all of the body’s connective tissues. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production in the body; by direct activation of collagen production, it is the “Yin” to collagen’s “Yang.” Without it, the body CAN’T produce collagen.

Many popular lotions and potions contain vitamin C to help our skin. What many of us don’t realize is the profound effect it can have in our mouths and gums in particular. While many vitamins are good for our teeth, others like vitamin C, are good for our gums.

Vitamin C is needed for the formation of blood vessels and other key tissues that support our teeth. It is also very important for healing. When people have a vitamin C deficiency, they can experience bleeding gums. This is why vitamin C is important to our gum health. We recommend 2000mg of vitamin C per day.

Did you know the classic book and subsequent movie, Papillon, made mention of the inmates losing their teeth due to scurvy, a disease from lack of vitamin C?

Here are some ways we’ve incorporated vitamin C and/or collagen in our lives.

    1. Rachiel’s tummy craves bone broth every morning to aid in digestion and fight
    inflammation as vitamin C does.
    2. Kim brightens her complexion using topical vitamin C serum daily.
    3. Lindsey is a mother of two young, energetic kids, so she takes 2000 mg of vitamin C tablet to keep up with her busy schedule.
    4. Sarai loves to start her day with a cup of java with a heaping scoop of her mocha flavored collagen peptide powder.
    5. Christy loves to get her vitamin C through green smoothies, this is her recipe:
    • 1 cup spinach
    • 1 cup romaine
    • 1 tbs cilantro
    • 1 tbs parsley
    • 1 whole banana
    • 1/2 large lemon minus peel
    • 1/2 green apple
    • 1/2 cup of water or almond/coconut milk

Clinical studies have shown that by consuming vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants helps maintain collagen levels in the body.1

“Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.” – Connor Franta

1 https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C