Vitamin C is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters
Loading the player...What are the Benefits of Vitamin C? Sarah Ware, BSc (Hons), RD, CDE, discusses vitamin C in nutrition.
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant that helps to prevent damage, and it also allows for regular hormone balance and plays a role in iron absorption. Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables, including spinach, broccoli, strawberries, red bell peppers and citrus fruits. If you like, you can take a supplement, though if you have these foods on a regular basis you may not require it.
There are many products on the market but you want to look for a product that contains no more than about 500 mg per dose. The upper limit for that vitamin is 2000 mg per day, so do not exceed that amount on a regular basis.
If you have more questions about whether or not you get enough vitamin C in your diet speak to a local dietitian or nutritionist and if you think a supplement is right for you visit your local health food store or pharmacy for more information. Presenter: Ms. Sarah Ware, Registered Dietitian, North Vancouver, BC