Vitamin C: what it is and why it matters

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Vitamin C:

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid or ascorbate, is a nutrient essential belonging to the group of water-soluble vitamins.





It serves for the formation of collagen, counteracts the activity of free radicals, responsible for cellular aging, improves iron absorption, strengthens the immune system.

Where it is

Vitamin C is found not only in citrus fruits, but also in vegetables and marginally in the liver (offal) and milk.

Here are the foods that contain vitamin C:

  • citrus fruits,
  • strawberries,
  • kiwi,
  • parsley
  • tomatoes,
  • melon,
  • peppers,
  • rocket salad,
  • broccoli,
  • cabbage,
  • legumes (broad beans and raw peas).

However, it is one very mild vitamin, which deteriorates in contact with air, light and heat. In fact, cooking food in some cases can cause you to lose even 70% of the vitamins contained in them.

The benefits of vitamin C

Vitamin C is famous:

  • for its antioxidant properties
  • for its ability to synthesize the collagen that we find in the skin, bones and joints
  • it also contributes to proper wound healing
  • promotes the absorption of iron
  • it is important for the proper functioning of the immune system.

However, it is not enough to take vitamin C to prevent colds or other diseases: specialists also inform us that regular intake of vitamin C taken for preventive purposes, in the general population it can reduce the duration, even if minimally, of the cold.



Excess of Vitamin C and Risks

Vitamin C is usually well tolerated. An overdose can cause:

  • gastrointestinal discomfort,
  •  heachache, 
  • sleep disturbances and skin redness. The normal doses are safe during pregnancy.

Read also:


  • PRECIOUS VITAMINS AND MINERALS IN PREGNANCY
  • VITAMIN A (RETINOL)
  • VITAMIN B9 (FOLIC ACID)
  • LA VITAMIN B12 (COBALAMINE)
  • VITAMIN D
  • VITAMIN E (TOCOPHEROL)
  • THE IRON
  • THE IODIUM
  • FOOTBALL


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