Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and is not produced by the body so it has to be ingested in the food we eat.
This vitamin is necessary to complete different chemical reactions in the body. For example, providing energy to cells and sending information through the nervous system. It is needed for the manufacture of collagen in the body which builds bone, tendons, cartilage and ligaments. Iron is better absorbed by the body with vitamin C and it helps keeps cholesterol levels down.
This vitamin also acts as an antioxidant and boosts the immune system.
Vitamin C can be found in the following foods:
- Fresh and raw fruit and vegetables (including citrus juices)
- Red and green peppers
- Potatoes with skins