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What Is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is widely known to have a wealth of health benefits, and is available to some degree in most fruit and vegetables

Good sources of Vitamin C include:

blackcurrants, oranges, strawberries, green peppers, broccoli, kiwi fruit.

Care should be taken when cooking and storing foods however, as vitamin C can easily be destroyed by heat or time. Vitamin C cannot be stored in your body and it is vital to ensure a constant supply through your diet. Vitamin C also recycles Vitamin E, another crucial antioxidant in the body.

The key functions of Vitamin C are:

  • a powerful anti-oxidant. Oxidation is a natural process in the body. It produces free-radicals which can cause harm, they are toxic and need to be ‘mopped up’ with antioxidants to prevent them causing damage and increasing risk of long term illness or infection.
  • collagen is the framework for the structure of bones, skin and joints and is essential to keep them healthy and strong.  Collagen can only be made in the presence of Vitamin C.
  • helps with the development of immune cells, and acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral in its own right.
  • for healthy structure and function of blood vessels including transport of bad cholesterol protecting the arteries from ‘furring up’
  • contribution to the absorption of iron from food.
  • for a healthy nervous system.
  • essential for helping to make anti-stress hormones
  • helps turn food into energy

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