Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid. There have been over 7000 articles written about vitamin C. It is a strong water-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin C stimulates the immune system in seven different ways and is important in collagen formation. It is important in the synthesis of connective tissue, and in wound healing. It helps regulate lipids in blood, iron absorption and is important in synthesis of hormones in stress situations. It helps regenerate vitamin E in the body. It is found in many fruits and vegetables such as sweet peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, lemons, strawberries, asparagus, spinach, oranges, cantaloupe, grapefruit and tomatoes.  Deficiency of vitamin C results in the classical disease of scurvy. Other conditions are pain in joints, slow wound healing, lower disease resistance, easy bruising, bleeding gums, loose teeth, irritability, premature wrinkling and aging of skin. Like most other vitamins, humans cannot make vitamin C.