vitamin c

Vitamin C is a vitamin and antioxidant that’s needed for the growth and repair of the body’s tissues, to maintain the immune system, and make sure we absorb iron properly.

Also called ascorbic acid, vitamin C is only found in plants, particularly citrus fruits and berries. While playing a key role in building muscle, skin, bones, and blood vessels, vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which means it helps to slow the aging process. Since it helps the body to absorb non-heme iron (ie. iron from sources other than meat), it’s critically important that vegetarians and vegans consume vitamin C with most meals [1].

Learn More:

Is Vitamin C an Effective Remedy for the Common Cold?
What are Antioxidants and Do We Really Need Them?

External Resources:

Vitamin C – National Institute of Health
Vitamin C — The Mayo Clinic

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So many foods promote their mystical "antioxidant" powers, but what are these supposedly super health compounds?

Works Cited

  1. Interaction of vitamin C and iron. Lynch SR, Cook JD. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1980;355:32-44.