- According to WH Foods, birth control pills and antibiotics may reduce Vitamin C in the body.vitamin pills image by Wilson Wong from Fotolia.com
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect the body from some of the free radicals caused by the body processing food into energy. An excess buildup of free radicals leads to health issues, and is thought to be accountable for aging. Vitamin C also plays a role in producing collagen. Because Vitamin C is very sensitive to light, air and heat, fruits and vegetables offer the most benefit when eaten raw.
Sources of Vitamin C
- Citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C.Citrus image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com
Vitamin C is found in foods and beverages. Fruits that are high in Vitamin C include strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, mangos, cranberries, raspberries, lemons, pineapples, watermelon, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi and papaya. Vegetables that contain Vitamin C are broccoli, lettuce, snow peas, turnips and mustard greens, green and red peppers, celery, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, winter squash, kale, chard, asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, parsley and tomatoes. Vitamin C is also available in supplemental forms, such as chewable tablets, pills, powders and liquids.
Benefits of Vitamin C
- Optimal health is the overall goal of sufficient vitamin intake.health image by Aleksandr Popov from Fotolia.com
Vitamin C is essential to a person's well being. Vitamin C works with other vitamins to provide the energy and good health necessary to follow through with daily activities. Vitamin C benefits the human body by strengthening the body's immune system (aiding in protection from illnesses), increasing the body's absorption of iron, reducing the risks of some cancers, reducing the risks associated with high blood pressure, and supporting the body's process of producing collagen. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, evidence has shown that those who regularly eat foods rich in Vitamin C have a reduced rate of being diagnosed with arthritis compared to those who do not ingest enough Vitamin C.
Deficiency of Vitamin C
- Consider an increase in the number of colds in a year a warning sign.Sick 4 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com
Severe deficiencies of Vitamin C may lead to scurvy, a Vitamin C deficiency disease. Deficiencies of Vitamin C may also potentially lead to other health issues, due to reduced strength of the immune system. According to WH Foods, Vitamin C plays an important role in the body's detoxification process and a lack of the vitamin may lead to high levels of toxic exposure. Smoking is known to decrease the levels of Vitamin C in the body, making a person's risk of having a deficiency higher. Signs that the body is lacking Vitamin C include bleeding or swollen gums, rough skin, nose bleeds, inability to ward off sicknesses, skin discoloration, wounds healing at a slower pace and respiratory infections.