Many chemical processes within the body produce our energy, and vitamin C is a building block and protector of these processes.

  • Conversion of energy sources

Vitamin C helps energy production by assisting the creation of an amino acid derivative called L-carnitine. L-carnitine transports fatty acids into our cells where the powerhouses, mitochondria, convert them into energy [1]. 

  • Protection of cells

 For our body to function efficiently, our cells need to be in great health. Oxidation from free radicals can damage cells, and decrease their abilities. Vitamin C’s antioxidant action protects our energy cells from damage and increases their production capabilities [2].

 

Energy References 

  1. Yi Li, Herb E. (2007). New Developments and Novel Therapeutic Perspectives for Vitamin C, The Journal of Nutrition, 137, 2171–2184. DOI: 10.1093/jn/137.10.2171.
  2. Rahal, A., Kumar, A., Singh, V., Yadav, B., Tiwari, R., Chakraborty, S., & Dhama, K. (2014). Oxidative stress, prooxidants and antioxidants: The interplay. Biomed Research International, DOI: 10.1155/2014/761264.