“Vitamin C is found in very high levels in the brain and neuroendocrine tissue (e.g., adrenal and pituitary glands)—suggesting important roles in these organs and tissues,”* says Carr. Indeed, “science indicates that the brain and its neurons literally crave vitamin C and are sensitive to its absence or deficiency,”* explains Ferira.
She goes on to say that “Vitamin C’s role in the brain is rarely discussed but massively important. For example, this nutrient is enabling neurons and the myelin sheath on nerves to form.”*
And the vitamin C/brain support actions don’t end there. Ferira shares that, “even the formation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) in the brain requires vitamin C,”* thanks to its aforementioned role in the collagen production pathway. “And if there was ever an organ where you would want a stellar antioxidant like vitamin C helping to battle free radicals and redox balance, it’s the brain,”* says Ferira.
“For example, [vitamin C] could support mood through the synthesis of neurotransmitters and neuropeptide hormones,”* Carr notes. In addition to their impact on mood, neurotransmitters and neuropeptides both play a part in the way in which information is transferred.
Taken together, it becomes clear that vitamin C has multiple, pivotal roles throughout the nervous system.* In fact, research indicates that sufficient levels of vitamin C are needed to support memory and cognitive function.* This is probably why published science has determined that being proactive about your vitamin C status can be a reward for your brain and cognitive health.*