#VitaminStories - Vitamin C

By Bethan Hamilton, MMSc, ANutr on September 05, 2018, categorized in Plant-based Nutrition

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Well known as an antidote for scurvy and supporting our immune system… but does it have other qualities we should know about?

What is it?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin, which means our bodies can’t store lots of excess vitamin C we consume so something we have to include in our diets every day.

Why do we need it?

Collagen. Collagen is a structural protein that vitamin C helps form in our bodies. Why is collagen important? Well, collagen is required for healthy skin, bones and blood vessels, and is therefore essential for healing.

But it also has other benefits of its own. It increases the absorption of iron, supports our immune system as well as protecting the cells in our body from free radicals which can damage cells and other molecules in our bodies.

How much do we need?

The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is 80 mg.

Fast fact: Most other animals are able to produce vitamin C in their bodies. Not us humans. We have to get it from our diets.

Where do we get vitamin C from?

Fruit, vegetables and even potatoes are the main Vitamin C contributors for adults. So, think your classic oranges, but also peppers, broccoli and even those ‘love them or hate them’ sprouts.

Want another option? Get 1/3 of your daily recommendations with a scoop of Vega Essentials!

 

Enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.

 

 Bethan Hamilton, MMSc, ANutr

Bethan Hamilton, MMSc, ANutr