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MUST READ Vitamin C for Skin Whitening (Updated February 2018)

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vitamin c for skin whitening
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    For those who have been following my blog, you may have noticed that I am an avid fan and reviewer of glutathione supplements for skin lightening. It’s also been a while since I last reviewed a certain brand and do you want to know why? Last year, I crossed over an article over the internet that states Vitamin C is enough for skin lightening.

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    Before posting the article and sharing it to you immediately I decided to experiment and try it on my own for a few months. That is approximately 6 months ago. And you know what? IT works. Vitamin C alone is enough to lighten the skin. There is a product named Ace-ferulic serum which contains vitamin C which helps you to lighten the skin and also prevents sunspots.

    Isn’t it odd that it’s always emphasized that you have to intake twice as much vitamin C for each 500mg glutathione you take, and that you take it in separate doses (3x spread out). Taking vitamin C on its own has no negative sideffects except maybe when too much it can cause diarrhea.

    Here’s the link to the article that I’ve mentioned. Here’s the article itself. It’s a long read but WORTH it:

    – In healthy adults, Vitamin C raises glutathione levels in the red blood cells and lymphocytes.
    Glutathione helps determine the balance of light and dark pigments (pheomelanin and eumelanin)
    in our skin. L-cysteine and the TYRP1 enzyme also play a part in this
    balance. (Not to get confused with the glutathione pills, which are
    ineffective in lightening the skin. But, the Glutathione that our bodies
    naturally produce).

    * Taking high doses of Vitamin C (1,000 – 3,000 mgs) can help to lighten skin over time.Since you’re reading this page, you’ve probably already asked yourself: can taking Vitamin C really lighten your skin? The short answer is: Yes, it can. But how exactly does Vitamin C help lighten our skin?
    The answer to that question is a bit longer, but reading on will be
    worth it in the end (I promise!). If you don’t have the time to read
    about just how taking high doses of Vitamin C can lighten your skin,
    just bookmark this page to read later.

     

    What is Vitamin C?

    Before
    I go on to explain what Vitamin C has to do with our skin color, I
    think it’s important to know just what Vitamin C is first. Vitamin C
    (also called Ascorbic Acid) is a water-soluble vitamin, and is needed by
    our bodies to form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle and blood
    vessels. We get Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables, particularly
    citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. It is also readily
    available in pill or liquid supplements. Although it is a vitamin, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. This means it can neutralize free radicals which would otherwise damage our skin and other organs. And since it is soluble in water, Vitamin C works both inside and outside of our cells to combat this free radical damage.

     


    Vitamin C And Our Skin



    The
    skin is the largest organ in the human body and collagen is the
    building blocks. Our skin benefits greatly from Vitamin C because of its
    unique collagen-forming properties. Scientists have found that collagen
    protein requires Vitamin C for the molecules to achieve the best
    configuration possible. Vitamin C prevents collagen from becoming weak and susceptible to damage
    (a process is called hydroxylation). Vitamin C also increases the level
    of the procollagen messenger RNA. It is also needed to “export” the
    procollagen molecules out of our cells and into the extracellular
    spaces. In other words, Vitamin C is crucial in ensuring the structural
    integrity of our collagen. Vitamin C also helps to heal any wounds we
    might have. Studies have shown that when Vitamin C was given to burn
    victims in high doses, it reduces the transfer of blood and waste
    products into the tissues (capillary permeability). This could be partly
    due to Vitamin C’s scavenging effect on free radicals (its antioxidant
    properties).

    In another study, when Vitamin C (2,000 mg) and
    natural Vitamin E (1,000 IU) were given to 20 men and women, their
    resistance to sunburn increased by 20% after just 8 days. They had lower
    levels of inflammation and skin damage compared to the placebo group,
    which became more sensitive to sunburn.

    Vitamin C is one antioxidant that boosts two more – glutathione and Vitamin E
    Have
    you ever heard of that saying, one thing leads to another? This is
    especially true with Vitamin C. This is because taking Vitamin C doesn’t
    just increase the Vitamin C levels in our blood, it also increases two
    more very important antioxidants – glutathione (a major antioxidant) and
    Vitamin E (a fat-soluble antioxidant).

    Higher Vitamin C Levels Boosts Glutathione And Vitamin E
    Glutathione Vitamin E
    Glutathione is our bodies’ most prevalent antioxidant Vitamin E is probably the most important fat-soluble antioxidant
    It plays an important role in detoxing our bodies It protects our cells from oxidation by reacting with fatty radicals
    Glutathione is a tripeptide and made up of 3 amino acids:

    1. Glycine
    2. Glutamic acid
    3. Cysteine
    Vitamin E is a group of compounds made up of tocopherols and tocotrienols. Tocopherols act as antioxidants in human beings.
    Glutathione converts into glutathione peroxidase, an important enzyme which prevents oxidative damage Our liver actually forms the Vitamin E in our blood, but it needs food sources with Vitamin E to do so
    Our bodies make its own glutathione supply.
    Taking glutathione pills and supplements does not raise the glutathione levels in our blood.
    Good food sources of Vitamin E include:

    1. Wheat germ oil
    2. Almonds
    3. Sunflower seeds, sunflower oil
    4. Hazelnuts
    5. Peanut butter

     


    Vitamin C Boosts Glutathione Levels In The Blood




    Vitamin
    C and glutathione have a unique relationship. Vitamin C reduces
    glutathione back to the active form. In its active form, glutathione
    will regenerate vitamin C from its oxidized state. Compounds that have
    Vitamin E activity (tocopherols) also rely on Vitamin C to regenerate
    back to its active form.

    Why is the link between Vitamin C and glutathione levels important in skin lightening?
    It’s
    important because scientists have found out that the way our skin
    balances between its lighter pigments (pheomelanin) and darker pigments
    (eumelanin) depends on glutathione, L-cysteine and the TYRP1 enzyme.
    Since Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to boost gluthathione
    levels in the blood, we can say that Vitamin C helps to lighten skin
    color.

    1) Glutathione
    Glutathione is found in
    almost all raw fruits and vegetables. Cooking destroys most
    glutathione, but that doesn’t really matter. Because although
    glutathione is found in many fruits, vegetables, and meats, our stomachs
    and intestines ability to absorb glutathione is very poor.

    [ Scam Alert! ]
    Speaking of which, please do not be fooled by “gluthathione skin whitening pills”. Glutathione pills and supplements cannot, I repeat, cannot raise the glutathione levels in your blood. These are sold by scam artists preying on the desperate. They will only serve to make you poorer.
    [ Scam Alert! ]
    To raise the glutathione levels in our blood, it is better to eat foods that is high in glutamine instead (Not By Taking Glutathione Pills),

    such as lean meats, eggs, wheat germ, whey protein and whole grains.
    These will stimulate the liver so you can produce more glutathione
    naturally. Glutamine is one of the known precursors of gluthathione
    production. High doses of Vitamin C will also boost our natural
    glutathione levels, so supplementation with Vitamin C is important if
    you want to lighten your skin. Glutathione and Vitamin C show a strong
    functional interdependence in vivo.
    Note:You can be
    deficient in glutathione if you take Tylenol (acetaminophen) regularly
    or in large amounts. Doctors treat emergency cases of acetaminophen
    toxicity with high doses of N-aceytlycysteine (NAC), which raises
    glutathione levels in the blood.

    2) L-Cysteine
    L-cysteine
    is an amino acid found in most high-protein foods including yogurt and
    whey protein. Good vegetarian sources comes are onions, garlic and
    broccoli . The L-cysteine derived from N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) helps to
    boost our liver’s production of glutathione. L-cysteine also helps
    synthesize proteins, taurine, coenzyme A, and inorganic sulfate.

    3) The TYRP1 enzyme (or Tyrosinase-Related Protein 1)
    Sounds
    scary, I know! But all you really need to know is that this is the
    genetic part of the whole skin lightening discussion. Our TYRP1 gene
    provides instructions for making the TYRP1 enzyme. The functions of this
    enzyme are still unclear but it is involved in the production of
    melanin. It’s likely that this is where our genes come into play
    in determining the color of our skin. Mutations in the TYRP1 gene has
    been linked with oculocutaneous albinism. It is very important to note
    that, individually, none of these factors decides our skin color. All
    three are needed to play a part.

    Enemies of Vitamin C: Pollution, Smoking, Alcohol, Diabetes
    If
    you smoke and drink, chances are your Vitamin C levels are lower than
    people who don’t. And while we’re at it, do you live in a polluted area?
    That’ll do it too. Studies have shown that drinking large quantities of
    alcohol will lower the amount of Vitamin C in your blood plasma and
    make you excrete vitamin C through urination. Smoking and general
    pollution will also lower the level of Vitamin C in the blood. Having
    diabetes will also reduce your body’s Vitamin C levels.

    What does all this mean? Should I take Vitamin C to lighten my skin?
    Yes,
    yes, and yes! If want to lighten your skin by internal means using
    supplements, detoxing or changing your diet, Vitamin C supplements are
    essential.

    Dosage
    You should take a high dose
    of 1,000 – 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily either through supplements or
    fruits. A mixture of the two is best. Spread out your intake of Vitamin C
    throughout the day for maximum effectiveness.

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    After reading through this article, I suggest you give Vitamin C a try and let me here your thoughts, Share them in the comments section below 🙂

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