What exactly are vitamin C injections?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. It’s found in citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon, orange) in many other fruit (kiwi, raspberry, strawberry, pineapple), leafy vegetables, green vegetables, tomatoes and carrots. For women, the recommended daily vitamin C intake is 75 milligrams; for men, the average intake is 90 milligrams per day but needs can vary from one person to another. If you have vitamin C deficiency, you may opt for an intravenous injection of vitamin C that will give you an almost instant booster effect. As vitamins are administered directly into the bloodstream without travelling though the digestive tract, your symptoms will improve rapidly. Here, at YuBoost, our qualified nurses come to your own home, your workplace or your hotel room so you can benefit from the treatment under the best possible conditions.
In what cases should vitamin C be taken?
Vitamin C infusions are indicated if ever you have a deficiency or if you wish to get a vitamin C boost to stimulate your immune system and collagen production. Vitamin C deficiency mainly occurs in people on a restricted diet, in smokers or those close to them who are exposed to ‘passive smoking’ over the long term, as well as in people who abuse drugs or alcohol. Other factors, such as aging, sun exposure and genetics can also result in a reduction of the amount of vitamin C in the body. Some pathologies also lead to greater consumption of vitamin C stocks: this is the case for patients who are immunodeficient, diabetic or suffering from inflammatory disorders.
When vitamin C is deficient, symptoms generally include severe fatigue, irritable mood, as well as bleeding gums, slow healing, dry skin and brittle nails. Some patients also suffer from anaemia, joint pain or weight loss.
What are the benefits of vitamin C?
- Tackles aging (wrinkles, skin tone)
- Better immunity
- Detoxifies the body
- Heals wounds
Vitamin C plays a key role in collagen formation; it’s recognized for its antioxidant properties and its benefits for the skin. It significantly reduces signs of skin aging such as wrinkles. It also helps control infections, by speeding up the healing process and boosting immune defences. It also helps heal wounds and detoxify many areas of the body (the liver and intestines, for example). Moreover, it also helps the body absorb iron.
What are the side effects of vitamin C?
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Not recommended in cases of kidney stones or too much iron
- Should not be taken at night
Too much vitamin C can have a number of side effects on the digestive system, such as laxative effects (or even diarrhoea) and bloating. Vigilance is as such required to prevent any risk of dehydration. Furthermore, taking vitamin C as a supplement is not recommended for people with a history of kidney stones or patients with too much iron, as vitamin C helps the intestines absorb iron. Some patients have also highlighted negative effects on sleep; a large vitamin C intake in the evening is generally not recommended as it may interfere with sleep.