What is HS Labs Vitamin C?
HS Labs Vitamin C provides pure vitamin C (as L-ascorbic acid) in powder form. Each ½ scoop provides 500 mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the essential micronutrients and acts primarily as an electron donor (i.e. a reducing agent/antioxidant) within the body. Many of its biochemical and physiological functions are thought to be related to this characteristic.
Notably, vitamin C is integral to proper immune function and reducing oxidative stress. Vitamin C is also necessary for neurotransmitter synthesis and healthy liver function.2
The human body does not produce vitamin C endogenously, making it an essential micronutrient. In cases where fruit and vegetable intake is low, a vitamin C supplement can help people meet their daily needs of this particularly crucial vitamin.
Benefits of HS Labs Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the water-soluble vitamins and plays many roles in the body, primarily by acting as an antioxidant. Some pertinent examples of vitamin C’s actions in the body include regulating oxidative stress, producing energy, and supporting the immune system.1
Recent research even suggests that a vitamin C supplement can enhance cognitive function (e.g. learning and memory).3,4 Contrarily, studies have also shown that vitamin C deficiency increases the risk of depression, accelerates neurodegeneration, and suppresses cognitive function (by inhibiting catecholamine production).5,6
Moreover, research has shown that as little as 250 mg of vitamin C per day can support healthy cortisol levels, especially in active individuals.4 In addition, high doses of supplemental vitamin C may reduce the risk of flu and cold infections, and ease the symptoms of a compromised immune system.7
While taking vitamin C won’t “cure” an infection or guarantee you will never get sick, it is unequivocally therapeutic for proper immune function.
Benefits of supplementing with HS Labs Vitamin C may include:
- Antioxidant support for healthy immune function
- Support cognitive function and brain health
- Promote collagen synthesis
- Control cortisol balance
1. Figueroa-Méndez, R., & Rivas-Arancibia, S. (2015). Vitamin C in health and disease: its role in the metabolism of cells and redox state in the brain. Frontiers in physiology, 6.
2. Wei, J., Lei, G. H., Fu, L., Zeng, C., Yang, T., & Peng, S. F. (2016). Association between dietary vitamin C intake and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a cross-sectional study among middle-aged and older adults. PloS one, 11(1), e0147985.
3. Pearson, J. F., Pullar, J. M., Wilson, R., Spittlehouse, J. K., Vissers, M., Skidmore, P. M., ... & Carr, A. C. (2017). Vitamin C status correlates with markers of metabolic and cognitive health in 50-year-olds: findings of the CHALICE cohort study. Nutrients, 9(8), 831.
4. Peters, E. M., Anderson, R., Nieman, D. C., Fickl, H., & Jogessar, V. (2001). Vitamin C supplementation attenuates the increases in circulating cortisol, adrenaline and anti-inflammatory polypeptides following ultramarathon running. International journal of sports medicine, 22(07), 537-543.
5. Padayatty, S. J., Katz, A., Wang, Y., Eck, P., Kwon, O., Lee, J. H., ... & Levine, M. (2003). Vitamin C as an antioxidant: evaluation of its role in disease prevention. Journal of the American college of Nutrition, 22(1), 18-35.
6. Paleologos, M., Cumming, R. G., & Lazarus, R. (1998). Cohort study of vitamin C intake and cognitive impairment. American journal of epidemiology, 148(1), 45-50.
7. Gorton, H. C., & Jarvis, K. (1999). The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 22(8), 530-533.