Vitamin C Showers – Are They Worth the Price?
Vitamin C is a necessary vitamin for growth and development. It provides many functions in the body, including repair of tissue, protection of the immune system, and blocking the damage caused by free radicals. But have you ever thought about a vitamin C-infused shower? Vitashower hopes you will take the time to learn about its benefits.
Most of us think about vitamin C as something that we consume in food. The vitamin is found in fruits such as cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, mango, kiwi, and berries. Vegetables that contain vitamin C include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red and green peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and winter squash. It is recommended that adults eat foods that will provide us with at least 75-90 mg per day.
Vitamin C may also have benefits topically, meaning that instead of being consumed it is placed directly onto the skin. Dr. Oz suggests that topical vitamin C may help with counteracting wrinkles and erasing age spots from sun damage. The claim is that topical vitamin C can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally for these benefits.
Instead of a lotion, Vitashower puts pharmaceutical grade vitamin C directly into your shower water, claiming that through the neutralization of chlorine and chloramines, it can improve the condition of skin and texture of hair.
Chlorine is a chemical added to water in the United States as a disinfectant to protect us from disease-causing organisms. But unfortunately, the addition of the chemical can lead to dry itchy skin, eye irritation, and potentially premature signs of aging. Chloramine is another water additive used to control microbes, with exposure potentially irritating eyes and nose, causing stomach upset or even anemia.
Vitamin C is one method for removing chlorine and chloramines from water. Within a Vitashower filter cartridge, ascorbic acid (the chemical name for vitamin C) neutralizes chlorine from an element into a harmless compound.
MGM Grand Hotels have placed the shower filter in their Stay Well rooms, but you can also buy one online through the Vitashower website for just $39.95. Each filter lasts about one year or 15,000 gallons of water.
It may work, but is it really necessary for health. No, says Neal Langerman, a chemist and an officer at the American Chemical Society. “To make the argument that chlorine is dangerous as it exists in water is totally specious,” he tells ABC News. ”There is also absolutely no evidence that chlorine in water form is bad for your skin. It’s the dose that makes the poison. There are much, much better ways to spend your money, more healthy ways to spend your money.”
ABC News: Does Bathing in Vitamin C Water Improve Health
Environmental Protection Agency
New York State Department of Health: The Facts About Chlorine
National Institutes of Health