Nutrition

Vitamin C

Nutrition, Vitamin

Vitamin C is the best known vitamin. It is, among other things, needed for the development of connective tissue, the uptake of iron and the maintainance of the immune system. Vitamin C is an antioxidant: it protects the cells in the body from free radicals. Free radicals play a role in aging processes.


Source

Almost all animal species are able to produce their own vitamin C. Humans are not and are for their vitamin C supply fully dependent on food. The main sources of vitamin C are vegetables, fruits and potatoes. High in vitamin C are citrus fruits, kiwis, berries, strawberries and cabbages.


Effect


Shortage

A prolonged serious shortage may lead to decreased immune system, delayed wound healing and eventually scurvy. The symptoms are bleeding gums, subcutaneous and internal bleeding.


Overdose

Too much vitamin C can be harmful, although the surplus is peed out. An excessive intake can cause intestinal problems or diarrhea and increased discharge of oxalic acid in the urine.


Considerations


Facts


Synonyms

Ascorbic Acid, L-ascorbic Acid


See also

Antioxidant

Healthy Food

Iron

Vitamin

Vitamin E

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