Name: Vitamin C

Synonyms: Ascorbic acid


General Description:

Vitamin C is an essential water soluble nutrient. The human body is unable to synthesis it’s own vitamin C therefore regular intake from the diet is vital.

Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables. Highest concentrations being found in blackcurrants, red capsicums, hot red chillies, oranges, strawberries, mango and broccoli.

The vitamin C content of foods is influenced by a number of factors such as transportation, shelf-life, whether the fruit or vegetable is in season, cutting or bruising of fruit as well as leaching when too much water is used during the cooking process.

Functions and General Science:

Vitamin C is involved in many processes in the body. These include energy production, antioxidant, maintenance of connective tissue health and minor wound healing, brain and nerve function, immune health and assisting the absorption of iron.

The body’s ability to absorb vitamin C is dependent on absorption by the intestines as well as elimination by the kidneys. The amount of vitamin C absorbed actually depends on the size of the dose taken, with higher doses resulting in less vitamin C being absorbed at one particular time. For this reason, it is recommended vitamin C supplements be taken in smaller doses at regular intervals, rather than one large daily dose.

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