Vitamin C

Overview

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SOURCE
California, USA
FORM
Ascorbic Acid
FOUND IN
Oranges, plums, acerola cherries, strawberries, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, snow peas, kale

Fast Fact

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Our bodies need Vitamin C to produce collagen, a protein that helps wounds heal.

Especially Important For

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People managing the common cold*, cancer and cancer treatments*, cardiovascular disease*, age-related macular degeneration (AMD)*, and cataracts*

Benefits

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Blood pressure reducer*
Iron absorption booster*
Weight loss promoter*
Healthy skin promoter*
Healthy hair promoter*
Immunity booster*

Why it's important for immunity

Free radicals are unstable molecules that form when our bodies convert food into energy. We are also exposed to free radicals from cigarettes, air pollution, UV sunlight, and other environmental hazards. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect our cells from harm caused by free radicals. It’s one of the best nutrients for helping fight off infections and giving our immune systems a boost when we need it most.


Evidence-based claims, or bust

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR LIFE SCIENCES

The epigenetic role of vitamin C in health and disease.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Vitamin C Fact Sheet for Consumers.

HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Vitamin C and Health.

AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION

Diet and Nutrition.

U.S. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

Vitamin C in Disease Prevention and Cure.

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