Vitamin C Corrects Lesions in Skin, Boosts Repair

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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Vitamin C Corrects Lesions in Skin, Boosts Repair
Vitamin C's antioxidant properties are legendary, which is why the nutrient is often fraudulently attacked by researchers whose agenda is the dislike of natural health. New scientific tools are proving the absolute value of nutrition to assist health. It is often the case the nutrients do multiple things in addition to the well-recognized understanding of their basic function. The fact that vitamin C can repair DNA damage in skin1 is not a trivial new finding.

We already know that vitamin C is needed for collagen formation and now we understand a new mechanism that enhances wound healing. The new study shows that the carpenter cells of skin, fibroblasts, are stimulated into action by vitamin C, helping them to multiply and move about in skin to do their work. Additionally, vitamin C was shown to repair the DNA of damaged fibroblasts, returning them back to health.

Since ionizing radiation of the sun induces DNA damage to skin and fibroblasts, this finding is of high importance for those concerned about skin health. It means keep you vitamin C levels adequate not only to help your immune system but to help anti-age your skin. Of course, healthier skin also is part of your immune system, as your skin barrier is a front line defense system.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Vitamin C and Skin  Free Radical Biology & Medicine  Tiago L. Duarte, Marcus S. Cooke, George D.D. Jones

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