Immune Health, Vitamin C

Vitamin C – A Household Word

You here a lot of buzz these days about Vitamin C and for good reason.

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Scurvy was among many diseases suffered due to malnutrition. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered the ascorbic acid —also known as Vitamin C. Vitamin C enables the body to efficiently use carbohydrates, fats, and protein. His discovery was among the foundations of modern nutrition.

Vitamin C, is a water-soluble vitamin and essential micro-nutrient. As humans, we cannot produce vitamin C in the body, so it must be obtained from dietary sources, primarily fruits and vegetables.

So Many Benefits!

Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.

In addition to its antioxidant properties, vitamin C is beneficial when it comes to heart disease. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce monocyte adherence to the endothelium, improve endothelium-dependent nitric oxide production and vasodilation, and reduce vascular smooth-muscle-cell apoptosis, which prevents plaque instability in atherosclerosis [1,2]

When it comes to eyesight, a population-based cohort study in the Netherlands found that adults aged 55 years or older who had high dietary intakes of vitamin C as well as beta-carotene, zinc, and vitamin E had a reduced risk of Age-Related Macular Degenerat [3].

Vitamin C also does so much more. It is available in many food sources

Vitamin C is abundant in several fruit and vegetables, including:

  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe
  • Citrus fruits (e.g., orange, grapefruit)
  • Chili Peppers
  • Grapefruit
  • Kale
  • Kiwifruit
  • Kholrabi
  • Mangos
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Tomatoes and tomato juice 

Vitamin C is a vitamin that we want to make sure that we are getting enough and because it is water soluble, too much vitamin is unlikely to be harmful. In the case of mega dosing for example, a worst case scenario would be nausea and diarrhea which is referred to as reaching ‘bowel tolerance’.

I am sharing a link here to more information on vitamin C and supplementation. Here I also share my most favorite type of Vitamin C to get this micro-nutrient delivered to your body in the best way to make it the most bio-available.

I hope you found this post helpful and if you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to me at any time.

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  1. Carr AC, Frei B. Toward a new recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C based on antioxidant and health effects in humans. Am J Clin Nutr 1999;69:1086-107. [PubMed abstract]
  2. Honarbakhsh S, Schachter M. Vitamins and cardiovascular disease. Br J Nutr 2008:1-19. [PubMed abstract]
  3. van Leeuwen R, Boekhoorn S, Vingerling JR, Witteman JC, Klaver CC, Hofman A, et al. Dietary intake of antioxidants and risk of age-related macular degeneration. JAMA 2005;294:3101-7. [PubMed abstract]

Asthma, Vitamin C, Vitamin C TidBits

Vitamin C TidBit – Asthma

Vitamin C has so many benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which makes it beneficial when it comes to Asthma. 

Vitamin C has been shown to prevent attacks and lessens symptoms during an attack.

Research studies have found that some asthmatics with low levels of vitamin C experience more asthma symptoms, which again suggests that supplementation might improve asthma.

Vitamin C is so good for the immune system in general, and there has never been a better time in history to jump on board the vitamin C train.

If you need any help with dosages or supplement choices for Vitamin C or any other supplements, that can be delivered right to your door at this time, please reach out. I would love to help.

Feel free to reach out at any time.

Health TidBits, Vitamin C, Vitamin C TidBits

Vitamin C Tidbits

Vitamin C is the most widely used supplement and is good for many things.

It is responsible for the formation, maintenance, and repair of collagen, the substance that forms the foundation of skin, ligaments, cartilage, vertebral discs, joint linings, capillary walls, and the bones and teeth. And these are just a few things this vitamin does. #VitaminCtidbits

Wow. We can see (っ◔◡◔) why it is so important to get our vitamin C. 🙂


Coronavirus, Immune Health, Vitamin C

Vitamin C & The Coronavirus

More good news being shared about the power of Vitamin C!

Vitamin C is something I believe in and recommend for overall health and well -being. As you will learn from this video by Dr. Cheng, therapeutic doses can do wonders for situations like viruses and cancer.

In fact, IV Vitamin C therapy is very common and effective, but anyone can benefit from Vitamin C through foods and supplementing.

I highly recommend taking the time to watch this video!

Dr. Cheng talks about Vitamin C & the Coronovirus

Have a great day everyone! I am off to gobble up some more Vitamin C 🙂 If you have any questions about where to source quality vitamin C and/or best practices, please let me know. I am always happy to help.

Fruit, heavy metals, Micronutrients, Oranges, Vitamin C

Say Y♥E♥S to Oranges! 💋♡

Lately I have fallen More in Love with Oranges! And why not? With all this talk of the coronavirus and just colds and flus in general, it is always good to incorporate more micro-nutrients that come from things such as fruits and veggies into your daily life.

Oranges are ˜”°•.˜”°• AMAZING •°”˜.•°”˜ and are not only absolutely delicious but are also nutritional powerhouses! We all know they are loaded with good old Vitamin C, but there is so much more to oranges.

I am always learning from Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, and here are some things he says about oranges:

Protect Against Viruses & Heavy Metals

. Oranges (and their cousins, tangerines and grapefruits) are full of the coenzyme glutathione, which goes into activation because of their high content of flavonoids and limonoids. Together, glutathione, flavonoids, and limonoids fight off viruses, protect the body from radiation damage, and deactivate toxic heavy metals in the system.

Calcium

. Oranges and tangerines are also abundant in a form of bioactive calcium you can’t get anywhere else. The body instantly absorbs this calcium, which means that these citrus beauties actually help regrow teeth, not destroy them.

Kidney & Gallstones

Their acid content is not destructive; rather, it works for you by dissolving kidney stones and gallstones.

Liver Love!

. Oranges and tangerines: Provide a combination of calcium and vitamin C; when both are combined from the same food source, the liver can use both better than it could from separate sources.

PhytoNutrients/Vitamins/Minerals/MicroNutrients

. Oranges have been called a “perfect food” and contain an amazing array of healing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. They are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, folate, beta carotene, lutein, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.

Cancer/High Blood Pressure/Viral Infections/Constipation/Strong Teeth/Macular Degeneration

. Oranges have been known to help prevent cancer, lower high blood pressure, fight off viral infections, relieve constipation, keep bones and teeth strong, prevent kidney stones and macular degeneration.

Prevent Acidosis/Remove Toxic Debris From Colon

. Oranges are rich in lime and alkaline salts that help to counteract and prevent acidosis in the body. They are also excellent for the digestive tract and help to remove toxic debris from the colon through enhanced peristaltic action. 

Eye & Lung Function

. Oranges contain a significant amount of glutathione which is critical for healthy eye and lung function

Respiratory Issues/Cardiovascular Support

. Oranges are very good for respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis and cardiovascular issues such as hypertension and COPD. 

Purify/Natural Antiseptic/Strengthen Organs

. Oranges act as an internal antiseptic to the body and have the ability to purify and strengthen all the organs in the body.

Colds & Flu

. Oranges contain anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties which are particularly beneficial for those suffering with a cold or flu or an auto-immune disorder such as shingles, arthritis, IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and raynaud’s disease.

Weight Loss

. Oranges are an excellent weight loss food due to their high pectin content which also helps to reduce blood cholesterol.

Notes on Oranges:

. Fresh squeezed orange juice is a predigested food and allows for immediate absorption of all it’s abundant healing properties. 

. Oranges are an ideal “fast food”, easy to transport, delicious to eat, and provide a steady form of energy throughout the day.

. be aware that orange juice will lose the majority of its vitamin C content within 30 minutes of being squeezed, so for optimum results drink immediately

. Whole oranges, peeled or cut in slices, are the best option as the fiber and pith is where so many of the phytonutrients and healing properties are contained. 

There you have it. I for one bought two cases of oranges yesterday and have been on an orange fest. I hope that you too, delight in these amazing, nutritional powerhouses that are truly gifts from the Gods! EnJOY!

A picture of an orange slice with the words: “Any way we slice it, we need to be eating oranges :-)”
Stress, Vitamin C, Vitamins for the Body

Vitamin C & Stress

April is National Stress Awareness month and yesterday I was doing an online hangout with the lovely ladies over at Aging But Dangerous:
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As their go-to nutritionist, the topic we were talking about was stress. Stress really is the number one killer and is an underlying predator of all of life’s challenges and the diseases we face like heart disease, anxiety, diabetes and more.

The dictionary definition of stress is

1.pressure or tension exerted on a material object.“the distribution of stress is uniform across the bar” synonyms: pressure, tension, strain, tightness, tautness; rare tensity” the distribution of stress is uniform across the bar”

2.a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”he’s obviously under a lot of stress

What is interesting to note is that stress is not just emotional and having to do with the mind. Stress on the body comes from overwork, overuse, abuse, neglect, poor nutrition, deficiencies, lack of sleep, etc. etc. etc. You get the idea.

One way to help with stress is with Vitamin C. Yep good old Vitamin C is VERY beneficial for stress. According to an article from Psychology Today, in 2003:

“People who have high levels of vitamin C do not show the expected mental and physical signs of stress when subjected to acute psychological challenges. What’s more, they bounce back from stressful situations faster than people with low levels of vitamin C in their blood.

In one study German researchers subjected 120 people to a sure-fire stressor—a public speaking task combined with math problems. Half of those studied were given 1,000 mg of vitamin C. Such signs of stress as elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol and high blood pressure were significantly greater in those who did not get the vitamin supplement. Those who got vitamin C reported that they felt less stressed when they got the vitamin.”

Our adrenal glands also play a key role in stress response by secreting the hormones adrenaline, aldosterone, and cortisol. Our adrenals will secrete vitamin C as a response to stress. Vitamin C stores can be depleted very easily and rapidly when individuals are under constant stress.

Research has also shown that those supplementing with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) demonstrate lower blood pressure, faster salivary cortisol recovery, and better subjective stress responses.

Vitamin C has been linked to many impressive health benefits beyond helping with the common cold, such as boosting antioxidant levels, reducing blood pressure, reducing heart disease risk, protecting against gout attacks, improving iron absorption, boosting immunity and reducing dementia risk.


Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that must be obtained from the diet or supplements. Overall, vitamin C supplements are a great and simple way to boost your vitamin C intake and maximize all of the benefits of using vitamin c in stress management and in betterment of your overall health and wellness.

I have three preferred brands that I use with my clients. One is a drinkable supplement that comes in an Isotonic form, which means it is highly bio-available to the body and is pleasant to drink. (available to USA & Canada & Other Countries that are Applicable) The second is for my Canadian clients (this is a Canadian owned and operated company SISU) and is in tablet form and is Ester-C, the only form of vitamin C that delivers 24-HOUR IMMUNE Support. It is also better absorbed and more bioavailable due to the active vitamin C metabolites only found in Ester-C. It is also non-acidic and gentle on the stomach.

And thirdly, for my USA clients I recommend this brand of Ester C that also has Quercetin, which is a flavonoid present in many fruits and vegetables. Due to its antioxidant and other properties, it has a variety of health benefits

All three of these products offer both quality and exceptional delivery capabilities. It really comes down to preference as to what is best for your lifestyle. I have clients who love to make a morning cocktail and drink their vitamins customized to their needs and then they start their day. And then I have clients who prefer staggering out their intake and taking their vitamins in stages throughout the day, as well as clients who prefer to drink their vitamins and those who prefer to pop a pill or swallow a capsule. There is no right or wrong way, only what works for the individual in that they will take them, so that they get the benefit. 🙂

Here are the links to my three recommendations:

USA Quality Source of Ester-C with Quercetin

Canadian Ester-C 1000 mg

I hope you found this post beneficial and if you are looking for more ways to help with stress, here are some prior posts that I have done on the topic of stress.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, Certified Life Coach and member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners. Maggie has been working with and recommending supplements for the past 25 years and is an avid learner in the field of health and wellness.