Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, probably is the best-known vitamin and a very powerful antioxidant.

Antioxidants can block some of the damage caused by free radicals. The free radicals occur naturally when our body transforms food into energy. Those radicals are said to be responsible for the ageing process and the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis.

Vitamin C boosts the immune systems and helps maintain healthy collagen in the skin, repair damaged tissue and promote healthy teeth and bones. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient not only for humans but for certain animal species too.

As vitamin C is water-soluble and leftover amounts of it leave the body through the urine so that you need a continuous supply of it in your diet. But with a healthy easy this is can pretty easily be achieved. All fruits and vegetables contain at least some amount of vitamin C. Good sources of it are green and red peppers, sweet and white potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, cabbage, winter squash, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and pineapples.

As the body cannot store it, vitamin C toxicity is very rare but an amount greater than 2,000 mg/day can lead to stomach upset and diarrhoea.

But there are several symptoms of vitamin C deficiency such as a decreased ability to fight infection, anaemia, a decreased wound-healing rate, nosebleeds, bleeding gums and gingivitis, dry and splitting hair, dry skin and even a possible weight gain because of slowed metabolism.

But as long as you eat a balanced diet containing a variety of foods including many fruits and vegetables you won’t have to take any vitamin C supplements.

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