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Vitamin C 


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Vitamin C is important for the growth of and development of the body and it is water soluble. These vitaminsa can be dissolved in water which can not be stored in the body. Extra vitamins can be removed from the body through urine therefore continuos supply of vitamins will be required by the body. Vitamin is also known as Ascorbis acid.


There will be need of the vitamins for the growth and repairs of the tissues in all parts of the body. The body will require collagan which is an important protien used to make skin, scar tissues, ligements and blood vessels. Vitamin C will be required by the body for healing of wounds and maintenance of the cartilage, bones and teeth.

Vitamin C is basically an oxidant which are nutrients used to block some of the damage caused by the radiclas. These nutrients will transform food into energy. The build up of these products will be responsible for the aging process. It will also contribute to the development of the different health conditions like heart disease, cancer and some inflammatory conditions like arthritis. These antioxiant can also help you to reduce damage to the body by the toxic chemicals and other pollutants.

The vitamin C can not be produced by the body itself nor it can be stored. Therefore it is very important for the body to have the required amount of vitamin C in daily diet.

Food Sources

Vitamin C can be found in all fruits and vegetables. Green peppers, citrus fruits and juices, tomatos, turnip greens and strawberries contain Vitamin C. It can also be found in leafy greens, sweet and white potatoes. Papaya, mango, cauliflower, watermelons, brussels sprouts, red pepper, winter squash, blue berries and pineapples are some of the greeat sources of Vitamin C.

Side Effects

The toxity of the Vitamin C is very rare as it is not stored in the body. The body will require certain amount of vitamin C and it it should not be more than 2,000mg per day. There can be stomach problem and diarrhea if you take high doses of vitamin C.

There can also be some problems if you take too little amount of vitamin C. the deficiency of vitamin C can lead to the dry and splitting hair, bleeding gums, rough skin, gingivitis, nose bleeding and decreased wound healing rate. There will be pain in joints, anemia and possible weight gain can also be casued with vitamin C. Scurvy can be caused due to deficiency of vitamin C which can affect older and malnourished adults.

You should eat balanced diet in order to get the required amount of vitamin C. it is important for the body to consume the Vitamin C every day as it is not fat soluble and it can not be stored in the body.

There are specified amounts of vitamin C perscribed for children, infants, adults, men and women and they should follow it.