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What is it?
Per the NIH Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient found in some foods. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are compounds formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy. People are also exposed to free radicals in the environment from cigarette smoke, air pollution, and ultraviolet light from the sun.
The body also needs vitamin C to make collagen, a protein required to help wounds heal. In addition, vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from plant-based foods and helps the immune system work properly to protect the body from disease.
What does that mean?
Vitamin C helps with immunity and healing
Why might you take it?
Macular degeneration and cataracts
How much can I take?
Varies by age.
Adult women need 75mg
Adult med need 90mg
If you smoke, you need to add 35mg
What happens if I don’t get enough?
Shortness of breath
What happens if I take in too much?
Can prevent medications from working—chemo, statins
What can I eat?
Vitamin C is a great supplement to add, though it is found in many fruits—just eat it!