Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that your body does not store it. You must get what you need from food, including citrus fruit, broccoli, and tomatoes. You need Vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissue in all parts of your body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth. It also helps the body absorb iron from non-Hemi sources.
Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant, along with Vitamin E, beta- carotene, and many other plant-based nutrients. Antioxidants block some of the damage caused by free radicals.
It’s rare to be seriously deficient in Vitamin C, although evidence suggests that many people may have a low level of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C can be natural or synthetic, also called Ascorbic Acid.
Because of the potential side effect and interactions with medication, one should take dietary supplements only under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider.
Vitamin C supplements have a diuretic effect, meaning they help the body get rid of excess fluid. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids when taking them.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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