Dermatologists the world over recommend vitamin C for it’s powerful antioxidant properties. It’s a popular ingredient in many topical skin care products, including creams and serums, but it’s also hugely effective when taken orally, especially when combined with collagen as it is in the Reverse Life 10,000 mg marine collagen supplement.
But what scientific evidence is there to support these claims?
Today we’re taking a look at how vitamin C works and how you can get the most out of this superhero ingredient. Plus, the added benefits of combining it with your daily collagen shot.
You wouldn’t have a gin without adding tonic and collagen and vitamin C are a similar match made in anti-ageing heaven!
What Is Vitamin C?
First things first, as far as skin is concerned, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which aids the skin’s natural regeneration process and helps the body to repair damaged skin cells.
Whether you choose to consume antioxidant rich food sources or topically apply a vitamin C serum to the surface of the skin, this potent vitamin is brilliant at creating an invisible defence barrier to help fight daily aggressors such as air pollution and damage caused from UV exposure. At the same time vitamin C also neutralises the harm caused by free radicals.
In case you need a quick refresher on what we mean when we talk about “antioxidants” they reduce damage to cells and help keep our body healthy. So yes, they’re pretty essential.
We all know that vitamin C works wonders at protecting our body’s defence mechanism against the common cold, but how else can vitamin C benefit the skin?
How Does Vitamin C Benefit The Skin?
Vitamin C is far more than just a potent antioxidant. It can also help the skin to heal itself and works particularly well when combined with collagen.
When the skin is triggered to heal itself, it produces collagen and elastin, both naturally occurring fibres which contribute toward skin plumpness and firmness. By helping to support and promote the production of collagen, vitamin C can also prevent premature ageing of skin. We’ll go on to look at the key benefits of taking collagen and vitamin C together in a minute.
Why Taking Collagen With Vitamin C Can Work Wonders For Your Skin
As the most abundant protein found in the human body, collagen delivers many health benefits, not least contributing towards skin elasticity which helps support a more youthful looking appearance.
If you’re wondering what the Top 10 foods are to boost your collagen naturally, you can read all about it HERE in our popular blog.
It’s important to eat a balanced diet, packed with nutritious foods that can help increase collagen levels. We are of course talking about beef, chicken, bone broth and egg whites. While those food choices might not be everyone’s cup of tea, taking a daily supplement, like Reverse Life marine collagen, can be a convenient, cost-effective and more palatable alternative, hence it’s huge popularity today.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, plays a critical role in collagen synthesis.
When you combine collagen and vitamin C together, you’ll experience a host of benefits. Let’s take a look at the key ones now.
The Surprising Benefits Of Combining Vitamin C with your Collagen
There are studies to support that vitamin C enhances collagen synthesis. In vitro studies compared fibroblasts (the cells found in connective tissues) of both newborn babies and elderly participants aged 80-95.
In the study, before vitamin C was administered, the older cells reproduced at just a fifth the rate of newborn cells. However, when vitamin C was added to the elderly cell culture, the rate of reproduction increased 6-fold!
This would suggest a powerful and direct link between taking vitamin C alongside collagen for increased synthesis and overall effectiveness. It should come as little surprise then, that our Reverse Life marine collagen drink contains not just 10,000 mg of high-strength hydrolysed marine collagen, but also 120 mg (150% of your RDA) of vitamin C.
Hair And Nail Health
There is evidence that taking a collagen supplement combined with other ingredients including vitamin C and biotin will help prevent brittle and weak nails while also stimulating hair growth and preventing breakage. You can read about why we put biotin into our new Reverse Life formula HERE in our BLOG: How can I stimulate hair growth and reverse hair loss?
When also combined with hyaluronic acid, collagen also has a positive impact on hair and nail health. Hyaluronic acts as an internal lubricant, delivering a surge of hydration. It can be especially beneficial for women going through early stages of menopause and also those among you who are already post-menopausal. It helps ackle skin dryness, a common symptom of the menopause. If you’re interested in discovering more about Hyaluronic acid, you’ll enjoy reading our BLOG:12 Scientifically Backed Benefits Of Taking Hyaluronic Acid which you can find HERE.
As we age, our ability to produce collagen decreases and with it our propensity to develop conditions such as osteoarthritis. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why Reverse Life’s Founder, Mark Shephard researched and launched a collagen rich product in the first place. He wanted to take care of his Mum, Judith, during lockdown. She was suffering from osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis and Mark wanted to find for her a safe, effective and alternative solution to her usual prescribed medication to help her manage her mobility and ease swollen joints.
Read the inspiring story HERE of how in one year, the company turned over £3million in revenue and gained 40,000 customers nationally. And more importantly, Judith was able to successfully manage her pain and get back on the move.
Studies further support that vitamin C may contain beneficial properties when it comes to healing tendons, fractures and bone and ligament grafts. Fracture healing of groups who were administered vitamin C demonstrated an increased synthesis of collagen which reduced oxidative stress in the body to speed up the recovery process.
Last, but more least, taking vitamin C and collagen together may also maintain good skin health and as touched upon above, speed up the healing process. There is further evidence to support that when vitamin C is also combined with zinc, another ingredient in our new Reverse Life collagen supplement, that pressure ulcers can be prevented. Discover more about why we’ve also included zinc in our Reverse Life formula by reading our latest BLOG: What Are The Key Health Benefits Of Taking Zinc? You can view it HERE.
So there you have it. In case you weren’t already sold on its benefits, now you understand more about why Reverse Life marine collagen supplements is a superior product, combining a host of other wonderful anti-ageing and joint friendly essential vitamins.