So why the big fuss about
Your immune system
The amount of Vitamin C in white blood cells generally ranges between 30 to 50 times more than in red blood cells.
Imagine that your white blood cells are tiny little guns and that the Vitamin C molecules inside them are the bullets. If the system is invaded and attacked,the last thing you want is your army to run out of bullets!!
Collagen is a structural protein and is the main building block of the connective tissue in the body. This includes the skin and cartilage. Vitamin C regulates the synthesis of collagen.
No vitamin C,no Collagen.
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are harmful compounds that are formed when protein or fat combine with sugar in the bloodstream. This process is called glycation.
AGEs can also form in foods. Foods that have been exposed to high temperatures, such as during grilling or frying, tend to be very high in these compounds.High levels of these compounds have been shown to cause oxidation and inflammation.
As an electron donor Vitamin C acts as a potent antioxidant, thereby reducing oxidative stress.
Blood sugar & diabetes
In the 1970’s a Dr. John Ely discovered the Glucose-Ascorbate-Antagonism (GAA) theory. Glucose and Vitamin C have a very similar chemical makeup. This theory suggests that elevated Glucose levels compete and effectively restrict Vitamin C from entering cells. Vitamin C and Glucose depend on the pancreatic hormone insulin and its signaling effects to get into cells.
The Glut-1 receptor activates in response to insulin to allow both Glucose and Vitamin C to enter the cell. However, Glucose has a greater affinity for the insulin receptor. This means that the greater the content of circulating Glucose (blood sugar), the lower the amount of Vitamin C that will be able enter the cell. The ideal situation is thus to limit the amount of circulating blood Glucose whilst simultaneously ensuring adequate availability of Vitamin C.