Vitamin C Factsheet

  • 29 Oct 2019
  • Posted by Samantha Varriale
  • Nutrients
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Why is it important? 

  • Most people know that Vitamin C is important for the immune system but it’s also needed for lots of other bodily functions.  Sufficient vitamin C is needed for:
  • Making collagen which is an important protein used to make skin, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and blood 
  • Repairing and maintaining bones and teeth
  • The growth and repair of tissues in the body
  • The function of the adrenal glands which are involved in several bodily functions 

 

Good to know:

  • We can’t make vitamin C so have to get it from our diet
  • Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron from food
  • Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to reduce blood pressure
  • Smoking lowers vitamin C in the body, so smokers are more likely to be deficient

 

Signs of vitamin C deficiency:

  • Poor immune function - frequent coughs and colds
  • Bleeding gums / Nose bleeds
  • Easy bruising
  • Poor wound healing
  • Painful and/or swollen joints

 

What are the best sources of Vitamin C?

  • Eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables is the best way to get your vitamin C but it’s not all about oranges - the following fruits and vegetables contain more vitamin C per 100 grams than oranges:
  • Red Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Strawberries, Blackcurrants, Kiwi Fruit 
  • Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Spring Greens
  • Red, Yellow & Green Peppers

 

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