Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It is important for your skin, bones, and connective tissue. It promotes healing and helps the body absorb iron.
Vitamin C comes from fruits and vegetables. Good sources include citrus, red and green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and greens. Some juices and cereals have added vitamin C.
Some people may need extra vitamin C:
- Pregnant/breastfeeding women
- People recovering from surgery
- Burn victims
- Facts about Vitamin C (University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) - PDF
- Too Much Vitamin C: Harmful? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Vitamin C (National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements) Also in Spanish
- Vitamin C (Harvard School of Public Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Ascorbic Acid (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Vitamin C-enriched gelatin supplementation before intermittent activity augments collagen synthesis.
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- Article: Polyethylene glycol plus ascorbic acid for bowel preparation in chronic...
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