Useful facts about vitamin C

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Vitamin C or ascorbic acid as it is also known has antioxidant properties which will potentially protect cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C is also required for the normal structure and function of the connective tissues such as skin cartilage and bones.

Vitamin C is a useful nutrient for the healing process and is involved in the normal structure and function of blood vessels and the neurological function. It can also increase the absorption of iron from plant sources in the gut.

If you do not have enough vitamin C it can result in scurvy and signs would not manifest until a person has been vitamin C for between 4 to 6 weeks. People deficient in vitamin C may experience symptoms such as fatigue, weakness and aching muscles and joints. Other symptoms of scurvy are bleeding gums, poor wound healing and damage to bone and tissues, these symptoms are due to impaired collagen synthesis.

Too much Vitamin C?

If you have too much vitamin C this can cause diarrhoea and intestinal discomfort.

Which foods sources contain Vitamin C?

Vitamin C can be found in many food types including:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries
  • Green vegetables
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes (especially new potatoes)

Vitamin supplements

There are many vitamin C supplements available although most people can meet their daily requirements by eating a varied diet. There are some people who may need to supplement their intake of vitamin C such as people who are ill, pregnant women and people who are on specific drug types. It is important that children also have the recommended vitamin C intake.

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If you are worried about your vitamin C intake and want to know more about your general nutrition intake you could speak to a professional and qualified dietitian or nutritional therapist who can help you ensure that your dietary requirements are met on a daily basis. The Medigest Business Directory could help you to find an expert in your area.