The Importance of Vitamin C

Vitamin C Rich Foods

  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Guava
  • Green Pepper
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Turnips
  • Melons
  • Potatoes
  • Human milk

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps to stimulate the formation of Collagen in the body.

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in the body along with other antioxidants like Vitamin A and E. It prevents injury to the body tissues from toxic oxidation products.

It has a part in the synthesis of steroid hormones.

Vitamin C helps the intestines absorb and use iron

Vitamin C helps in the body use folic acid.

Vitamin C helps to process certain hormones like oxytocin, ADH, and CCK.

How the body gets rid of Vitamin C

The excretion of Vitamin C is through the urine. Some Vitamin C is also found in sweat.

Effects of Vitamin C deficiency-Scurvy

Vitamin C is a very important for the formation of collagen which is present in all connective tissues throughout the body. Deficiency of Vitamin C is sometimes called scurvy, its a really severe form of the deficiency  these days is very rare because it is present in almost almost all juice drinks and fruits, but back in the days Vitamin C deficiency was a serious problem for pirates because of lack of citrus fruit and vitamin C rich foods on their ships. These days Vitamin C deficiency most likely occurs in babies fed with cows milk, elderly people living alone, alcoholics and drug addicts.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Easy bleeding , especially in the nose, mouth, Gastrointestinal tract, Skin, Muscles, and especially the gums as they become spongy, swollen, red, ulcerated and bleed easily.
  • Anemia (low on blood cells) and weakness.
  • Skin shows small hemorrhages.
  • Bleeding into joints even without injury.
  • Painful joints and weak fragile bones.
  • Since Vitamin C is needed in wound healing, as collagen is used to repair wound injuries, its deficiency results in a delayed healing of wounds and fractures.

Normal levels of vitamin C in the blood ranges from 0.7-1.2 mg/dL, a level below 0.1 indicates severe deficiency.


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