Vitamin C

London Yates

Vitamin C

Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid, or simply ascorbate (the anion of ascorbic acid), is an essential nutrient for humans and certain other animal species. It is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for normal growth and development.

Foods and Drinks that contain Vitamin C


Oranges, Lemons, Limes and other citrus fruits.

Chili Peppers

Red Bell Pepper, A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange.

Green Bell Pepper, Kale, Broccoli and more.


Orange Juice.

The Perks of Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps prevent cold and flu.

"Vitamin C has received a great deal of attention, and with good reason. Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health," says study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan. "The more we study vitamin C, the better our understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, from cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, eye health [and] immunity to living longer."

What it does for the body

Vitamin C produces a supplement called collegen that helps wounds heal. It also helps the immune system work properly.


But be careful over cunsumption of vitamin C can lead to health problems. When you have an excessive amount of iron in your body its called Hemochromatosis, which can have toxic effects. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a high intake of vitamin C can make the symptoms of hemochromatosis worse because vitamin C helps your body absorb more iron from foods and supplements. Hemochromatosis can poison your organs and cause organ failure, damaging your heart, liver and pancreas.

What happens if you don't have enough?

Severe vitamin C deficiency is rare in the United States and industrialized countries. Long-term, severe deficiencies could lead to scurvy. Symptoms of scurvy include inflamed and bleeding gums, impaired wound healing and excessive bleeding.