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: The safety and effectiveness of 2-liter polyethylene glycol plus ascorbic...
- Article: The SLC2A14 gene, encoding the novel glucose/dehydroascorbate transporter GLUT14, is...
- Article: Hydrocortisone and Ascorbic Acid Synergistically Prevent and Repair Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Pulmonary...
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