Vitamin C

Tiffany G.

Function of Vitamin C

1) Growth and repair of tissues. 2) Makes skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. 3) It heals wounds and forms scar tissue.4) It helps to repair and maintain cartilage, bones and teeth 5) Last, but not least it aids in the absorption of iron

Food Sources

All fruits and vegetables contain some amount of Vitamin C.

Top 3 fruits with the highest amount of Vitamin C

  1. Cantaloupe
  2. Citrus fruits and juices like oranges/grapefruit
  3. Kiwi

Top 3 vegetables with the highest amount of Vitamin C

  1. Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and Cauliflower
  2. Green and Red Peppers
  3. Spinach, Cabbage, Turnip Greens, and other leafy greens

Affects of not having enough Vitamin C

Not having enough Vitamin C can cause anemia (a condition in which the blood doesn't have enough healthy red blood cells), decreased ability to fight against infection, possible weight gain due to slow metabolism, swollen and painful joints, gingivitis, decreased wound-healing rate. Severe Vitamin C deficiency is called Scurvy, it mainly affects older and malnourished adults.

How does Vitamin C affect your diet

Vitamin C can protect against immune deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. Overall, Vitamin C has many benefits to your health.