Vitamin C for all round good health

Introduction

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin well-known for its role in supporting the immune system. It is also a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage and plays a vital role in collagen synthesis, which is essential for skin health and wound healing. Being water soluble means you can’t store it and you need it in your diet every day.

Benefits

The benefits of Vitamin C include:

Boosting immune function

Protecting cells from oxidative stress.

Aiding in collagen production for healthy skin and tissues.

Enhancing iron absorption from plant-based foods.

Supporting cardiovascular health.

Recommended Daily Allowance

40 mg

Food Sources

Vitamin C is abundant in various fruits and vegetables, including:

Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruits)

Strawberries

Bell peppers

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Kiwi

Symptoms of Deficiency

Vitamin C deficiency can lead to a condition known as scurvy, characterised by:

Fatigue and weakness

Swollen and bleeding gums

Joint pain

Poor wound healing

Dry and scaly skin

Symptoms of Excess

While Vitamin C is generally safe, excessive intake through supplements can cause side effects, such as:

Diarrhoea

Nausea

Stomach cramps

Kidney stones (in susceptible individuals)