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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
- Too Much Vitamin C: Is It Harmful? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Ascorbic Acid (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Structural basis of vitamin C recognition and transport by mammalian SVCT1...
- Article: Spectral and Redox Properties of a Recombinant Mouse Cytochrome b561 Protein...
- Article: Association of Vitamin C, Thiamine, and Hydrocortisone Infusion With Long-term Cognitive,...
- Vitamin C -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Find a Nutrition Expert (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
- Food and Drug Administration
- Food and Nutrition Information Center
- National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements