Benefits of vitamin C for the brain

Preventing brain aging, helping to maintain cognition, supporting mood regulation… are the positive effects of vitamin C.

Research published in the journal Psychology today (USA) shows that people who consume foods rich in vitamin C have less risk of stress when the body is tired. The body after loading vitamin C will proceed to distribute neurotransmitters to the brain, helping to improve mood. People with vitamin C deficiency are also likely to be deficient in these substances, becoming more irritable and stressed.

Taking vitamin C can support the production of “happy” hormones for the nervous system and bring the following 6 benefits to the brain.

Stress relief

A team of German researchers measured the stress levels of 120 people by having them give public presentations and solve math problems. One group was supplemented with 1,000 mg of vitamin C and the group was not supplemented before the task. Results showed that people who did not take vitamin C had higher blood pressure. The group that took vitamin C had normal blood pressure results and said they did not feel pressured while presenting and solving math problems.

Vitamin C that comes from vegetables and fruits has many benefits for the brain. Image: Freepik

Mood regulation

Vitamin C plays a role in maintaining the function and integrity of the central nervous system. This micronutrient supports the formation of myelin and the maturation of nerve cells, contributes to the protection of nerve fibers, and repairs the cells here. Vitamin C also acts as a neuromodulator, aiding in mood regulation.

Prevent depression

Magazine American Psychiatry published research showing that low vitamin C intake is strongly associated with depression in the elderly. Another study from McGill University (USA) found that taking vitamin C twice a day improved the mood of patients being treated in the hospital. Vitamin C is also used in the treatment and health promotion of people with bipolar disorder and often anxiety.

Prevent brain aging

The brain also consumes large amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C levels are higher in the brain than in other parts of the body. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant, helping to neutralize the action of free radicals that cause aging.

Maintain awareness

In a review of 50 studies on brain function and vitamin C levels (1980-2017), Australian scientists measured the relationship between mental function and vitamin C status. People with cognitive impairment have Vitamin C levels in the blood are lower than normal people. Among participants with the same level of cognition, blood levels of vitamin C were also proportional to cognitive ability.


This vitamin is also found in collagen, which stabilizes bones, teeth and blood vessels. As a result, the blood vessels are protected and maintain their ability to function, suppleness and lucidity. Exposure to agents such as toxins due to air pollution, smoking, drinking alcohol has the risk of imbalance of activity between free radicals and antioxidants. Problems like depression, fatigue, and slow wound healing occur when the body doesn’t get enough vitamin C.

Mai Trinh
(Follow Family Health Advocacy)


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