Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin.

Function:

  • Makes and maintains healthy connective tissue.
  • Helps wounds heal and repairs body tissues.
  • Helps the absorption of iron from the intestines.
  • Protects the body; it is an antioxidant.

 

Sources:

  • Oranges, blackcurrants, broccoli, potatoes, red and green peppers, strawberries, brussels sprouts, tomatoes.

 

Deficiency:

A severe deficiency is called scurvy.  It is very rare but symptoms include: swollen gums, severe joint pains and new wounds may fail to heal.

 

Excess:

Too much can cause stomach pain and diarrhoea.

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