Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin
therefore it is not stored in the body. During times of chemical, emotional,
psychological or physiological stress the urinary excretion of vitamin C is increased,
meaning an increase in Vitamin C is needed during these times. Examples of
chemical stressors include cigarette smoke, pollutants and allergens.
helps protect cells and keeps them healthy
Primary function is the manufacture of collagen, the main protein
substance of the human body.
Is necessary for the maintenance of healthy connective tissue, cartilage,
ligaments and tendons, which gives support and structure for other tissue
Vital for wound healing, healthy gums and prevention of easy bruising.
Critical in immune function.
Manufacture of certain nerve transmitting substances and hormones.
Vitamin C is an important nutritional antioxidant.
A lack of vitamin C can lead to scurvy.
Good sources of vitamin C:
Most people think of citrus fruits as the best sources of vitamin C but vegetables also
contain high levels. Here are a list of vitamin C rich foods in order of highest to
lowest values per 100 gram serving.
How much vitamin C do I need?
Adults need 40mg of vitamin C a day.
Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.
You should be able to get all the vitamin C you need from your daily diet.
What happens if I take too much vitamin C?
Taking large amounts of vitamin C can cause:
These symptoms should disappear once you stop taking vitamin C supplements.
Taking 1,000mg or less a day of vitamin C supplements is unlikely to cause any