The name vitamin C is used for L-ascorbic acid and those carbohydrate derivatives that have the same biological effect as that acid. It is the strongest antioxidant among water-soluble vitamins.

It is often called an anti-scurvy vitamin because its large deficiency causes scurvy. Symptoms of scurvy are brittle bones and swollen joints.

Teeth become loose and gums are extremely sensitive and bleed. Scurvy used to be quite widespread, even fatal on long voyages on ships that were not supplied with sources of vitamin C.

Important roles of vitamin C in the body:

  • has a very strong antioxidant effect,
  • is important for collagen synthesis,
  • strengthens immunity,
  • acts as a natural antihistamine, i.e. relieves allergic reactions.

Foods rich of vitamin C are fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits, and green peppers.

The Best 24 Vitamin C Sources.

In the video below we prepare the best 24 Vitamin C sources.

Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency are fatigue, weakness, weight loss, a tendency to infections, poor wound healing, and anemia… In most cases, daily vitamin C needs can be obtained through food, but in case of acute infections and reduced immunity, it can be taken as a dietary supplement.

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