Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve inflammation and promote healing.
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Harvard Medical School has found that vitamin C supplements can improve inflammation and improve healing in mice.
The researchers were able to activate an anti-oxidant pathway that could potentially be a new therapeutic target for treating certain forms of arthritis.
“It was a huge breakthrough for our team, because we were able, for the first time, to activate this pathway, to show that vitamin c is able to enhance the anti-inflammation, inflammation-related activity in the skin,” said researcher Robert K. Munk, Ph.
D., a senior author on the study and professor of dermatology at the University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
“This could be a real game-changer for people who are suffering from arthritis or psoriasis.”
Munk and his team discovered that vitamin E, which is also known as vitamin E 3, was an effective antioxidant in mice that had been given vitamin C. This is a form of vitamin C that is naturally produced by humans.
“We were surprised by how well vitamin E protects against inflammation,” Munk said.
“We have shown that vitamin e protects against inflammatory cells, which are really important in inflammatory disease.
We have shown it protects against macrophages and the type of cells that cause the inflammation in psorias.
And, we have shown how it protects macrophage activity, which indicates the ability of vitamin E to activate the cell-to-cell signaling pathways.””
We found that it actually prevented macrophaging.
When we gave mice vitamin E3, they were protected against macophages, and we found that when we gave them vitamin E2, they protected against a lot of the macrophagic cells,” he continued.”
But, the vitamin E4, which was the highest vitamin E in the vitamin, was the one that protected against the most macrophagy.
And this is a very important finding because vitamin E is a key component of our diet, because vitamin A is really important.
And vitamin E provides a lot more antioxidants, and vitamin E plays a role in maintaining normal cellular functioning.”
The researchers also found that the vitamin C, along with vitamin E and vitamin A, increased the levels of cellular markers that help monitor inflammation.
“Vitamin C was a big driver of this,” Mink said.
The results of the study will be published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry.
Vitamin A and vitamin C are antioxidants that are essential to our health.
They’re also found in a wide range of plant foods.
The researchers found that eating fruits and vegetables with vitamin A and/or vitamin C actually prevented inflammation in mice by increasing their levels of antioxidant enzymes, and by reducing the amount of inflammatory cell markers that are found in the inflammation response.
Vitamins C and E are the most abundant antioxidant in the human body, and researchers have been studying them for decades.
“It’s a really interesting research area because we have really interesting findings,” Mank said.
Munk’s work with his team was funded by the National Institutes of Health (grants R01AG03959 and R01DA052883), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (grant GM0074430), and the National Science Foundation (granting P01AG081373).
He also received support from the NIH, the University at Buffalo, the UIC Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the New York City Department of Health.