Humans don’t produce Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid).
Vitamin C assists with the absorption of iron, the synthesis of collagen and the functioning of the immune system. It helps our bodies heal as well as acting as an important antioxidant.
Vitamin C deficiency can take time to develop. Signs of deficiency can include fatigue, bumpy skin, painful/swollen joints, weak bones, bleeding gums, anemia, inflammation or even increased susceptibility to bruising, bleeding (i.e regular nose bleeds) and impaired wound healing.
Because our bodies don’t produce Vitamin C; it’s important we get it regularly from food, or a high quality supplement.
The best food sources of Vitamin C are fresh fruit and vegetables. Try adding citrus fruit, blackcurrants, kiwi, guava, broccoli, parsley and sprouts to your meals for an added Vitamin-C boost.
If you are relying on a supplement to increase your daily intake of Vitamin C, always consult with your Health Practitioner. Also ensure you buy the best quality supplement and check the RDI.