Here are some functions of Vitamin C:
- important antioxidant
- collagen synthesis-(collagen is a protein found in skin, bones, tendons, and cartilage)
- building immunity against colds
- cancer prevention
- cataracts prevention
- decreasing risk of heart disease
- enhances iron absorption
An important note to those who are anemic: if you take iron with some source of vitamin C it will enhance the iron's absorption in the blood.
Some dietary sources of vitamin C:
- orange juice
- brussels sprouts
- green peppers
- grapefruit juice
If you think you are not getting enough vitamin C from your foods it is ok to take a supplement. However, always consult your doctor before beginning any vitamin supplement. The recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C for women is 75mg and for men it is 90mg. Vitamin C intake of more than 2g daily can result in toxic issues. so you do not want to go over this amount. Try to acquire vitamin C from your food sources before relying on a supplement.