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What’s The Real Deal with Vitamin C?

April 14, 2016



Ah yes, Vitamin C.

The first two things I think of when I think of Vitamin C are oranges and drinking/eating it in copious amount when I’m sick.


In Athens, fresh squeezed orange juice was allllll over. And in every single place, from coffee shop to street-side restaurant, it was amazing.

But it got me thinking: what really is Vitamin C, how does it work, and does it even really work?

I needed answers. So I did a bit of research for you all.

Vitamin C is also known as L-asorbic acid (kinda gross sounding right?). It’s found most commonly in citrus fruits and it’s pretty uncommon to be low in vitamin C (unless your diet is very unvaried).




Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that the human body doesn’t naturally produce or store.

You need it for a bunch of things; ranging from small and obscure to pretty important:

+ collagen production
+ some neurotransmitter function (brain stuff)
+ metabolising proteins
+ being an antioxidant
+ boosting immune function
+ growth and repair of muscles

As for if loading up on vitamin C really can cure your cold, I’m sorry to report that studies show this is a myth. The vitamin doesn’t help prevent against colds or cure them once they’ve started.

However, people who regularly have vitamin C do generally have shorter colds. It’s still up in the air if large doses can really shorten a cold too.



While there is only a certain amount of vitamin C your body can absorb daily, there’s no harm in ingesting as much as you want (within reason). Because your body doesn’t store the vitamin, it will just pee out the rest.

Obviously, oranges and other citrus fruits contain a lot of vitamin C but surprisingly so do potatoes! You can even take buffered vitamin c supplements which help with things like tissue growth and repair.

Other vegetables that generally have the vitamin (when consumed raw) are:

+ green peppers
+ kiwis
+ brocoli
+ strawberries




In all, while vitamin C does a lot of great things, it’s not generally something you’ll have to worry about. Most people get plenty without ever having to think about it.

Do you believe in the cold-healing power of vitamin C?

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  • Quinn April 14, 2016 at 13:49

    Your posts are always so helpful, Pia! I have to say that I have been wondering about vitamin C myself a bit, but hadn’t done any research. My dad swears by the healing power of vitamin C, but it’s interesting to see that it’s not something I have to lose any sleep over 😉


  • Romantiquely April 14, 2016 at 17:33

    Nice to know that there are fantastic vegetables and fruits with high levels of vitamin C other than citrus fruits! Thank you for sharing dear! xxxxx

  • Paula Loreti April 14, 2016 at 21:52

    This is such a useful post! I learned a lot of things I didn’t know. Thank you so much for sharing it with us 🙂

  • Fee Smile April 15, 2016 at 02:43

    That post was so interesting!! Thank you so much for that 🙂
    And the juice looks really good haha 🙂
    xoxo Fey /

  • anisimeoku dago April 15, 2016 at 17:33

    Thanks for all the deatils and informations x

    Annie Dago ||

  • Cielo Fronteras April 16, 2016 at 00:11

    Great informative post! Thanks for sharing! =)

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  • StellaS Glam April 16, 2016 at 20:25

    Great post! The juice looks super delicious.

  • Nora Gouma April 16, 2016 at 21:12

    Love to read this interesting post, great pictures as well, thank you for sharing!!!

  • Pisa April 16, 2016 at 22:16

    Helpful post dear! I love fresh orange juice, but Vitamin c is also in vegetables as you said!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    XO Pisa ❤

  • Wellwell Girl April 17, 2016 at 06:24

    helpful post !

    jess x |

  • Mercy April 17, 2016 at 12:48

    This is a good information about Vit C. Nice work!

  • Erica Tironi April 17, 2016 at 16:28

    Great post! Thanks for the tips!
    I wish you an amazing day!
    XO Erica

  • Izabela Nair April 17, 2016 at 21:37

    Although I don’t really believe in healing powers of vitamin C, I try to take vitamin supplements on a regular basis.

    • Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags April 18, 2016 at 15:22

      Fair enough, I’ve been wanted to do a post on vitamin supplements too! Thanks for reading Izabela!

    • Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags April 18, 2016 at 15:22

      Fair enough, I’ve been wanted to do a post on vitamin supplements too! Thanks for reading Izabela!