Vitamin C is a vitamin and antioxidant that’s needed for the growth and repair of the body’s tissues.
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 .